Watch a Lioness Defend Her Cubs Against an Aggressive Male Lion

Written by Opal
Published: November 15, 2022
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While lions are known as the king of the jungle, they have quite a fragile ego that goes along with that title. Although these big cats have earned their place at the top, male lions fight hard for dominance, even against inexperienced cubs. 

Male lions will attack other adult males to become the leader of a pride. The attack often leads to the death of one of the males. A lion pride often has several females and only one male. When a new leader takes over, they’ll often kill the boy cubs to ensure no one can take their place. 

Roaring male lion
Male lions will attack other males for leadership of a pride.


A video from The All Around Project’s YouTube channel shows just how defensive mother lionesses can be. The vast majority of animal mothers are protective of their young and this mama is showing that she wears the crown in this pride. 

As the male and female lions are headed up a rocking hillside, the two are snarling at each other to tell one another that it’s time to back off. On the ledge of the cliff, we can see another female holding her place in front of a pack of adorable cubs. 

Keep Your Distance

She’s telling the male headed toward her that it’s time to turn around or she’ll do what she has to in order to keep her family safe. One of nature’s most terrifying tools must be a lion’s claws. There are 18 of them and more than 300 pounds of sheer muscle and power attached to them. They are also extremely sharp and as tough as carbon fiber.

The lioness on the ledge is quickly face-to-face with the climbing male. They instantly attack each other with their powerful paws and claws. The male lion eventually gets the message and leaves the mother and cubs alone. 

One comment on the video states, “There is nothing purer than a mother’s love for her children.” We can’t help but agree! Shortly after, we see the cubs giving their mama kisses and cuddles, thanking her for defending them. 

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Female lion, or lioness, in the Kalahari desert
Female lion in the Kalahari desert.
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When she's not busy playing with her several guinea pigs or her cat Finlay Kirstin is writing articles to help other pet owners. She's also a REALTOR® in the Twin Cities and is passionate about social justice. There's nothing that beats a rainy day with a warm cup of tea and Frank Sinatra on vinyl for this millennial.

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