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Female lions have a gestation period of about three and a half months. They can hunt right up until they deliver their kittens. The young are like house cats, small and sightless at birth. They are in a shallow burrow, thick cover, or a depression and don’t appear outside this den until they are several weeks old. The female will leave the pride during this period and stay quite solitary. The youngsters are out with the pride at about eight weeks and are weaned, or at least nursed less, at about 5-6 months. they can eat some meat at about three months. As mentioned the males and females both interact with the cubs but the males are pretty aloof parents. Feeding and teaching both are female roles. The males do protect young from all sorts of hazards. Young stay with the females for about two years and then go their own way; males to a consortium and females to form their own pride.