Big cat seen climbing trees at Longleat!

Big cat seen climbing trees at Longleat!

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 11:39am 12th June 2019.

Big cat seen climbing trees at Longleat!

The eight-year-old showed she had a head for heights at the Wiltshire Safari Park.

Kiana has been a keen climber since she was a cub but climbs unlike any other lionesses.

Longleat lioness Kiana at the top of the tree PIC Caleb Hall Longleat[2]
Look how high she got!

In fact, keepers say she seems more like a mountain lion!

She made short work of climbing the giant sycamore tree in her wooded enclosure.

Keeper Caleb Hall said they have never seen any of the lions venture quite so far off the ground:

"Many of our lionesses do go up trees here at Longleat but there are a few particular individuals who seem to do it just for fun and Kiana is definitely one of those.

"She's definitely in a class of her own when it comes to climbing and she seemed perfectly at home up there as she fearlessly made her way from branch to branch.

"Kiana's definitely a star performer and doesn't need the added incentive of a meal to head into the canopy.

"It's behaviour which is also seen in the wild to find as individuals seek either shade or a cooling breeze away from the heat of the ground or to avoid insects or animals threatening the lions.

"It's mainly the females who make all the effort but we have seen our male lions climb trees for food, which would also happen in the wild to steal the stashed kills of leopards."

Longleat lioness Kiana making her way back down the tree PIC Caleb Hall Longleat[1]
"She's definitely in a class of her own when it comes to climbing"

Females grow to just under two metres long and reach a maximum of 180kgs.

Their life expectancy in the wild is approximately 12 years but they can expect to live to almost twice that age in captivity.

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