Sometimes jackal pups will stay with their parents and help raise their younger siblings. Most pup deaths occur during the first 14 weeks of life, so the presence of helpers increases the survival rate.
Serval kittens, born in litters of two to four, are difficult to observe, as the mother hides them well and frequently changes the hiding place. Because the female raises the litter alone, she has to hunt frequently to feed them. When the young are large enough to hunt, the mother drives the males out. Young females remain somewhat longer, but when they become sexually mature, they too leave to establish their own territories.
National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest, First Place, Baby Animals: Lisa Hoffner, California While on safari in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, Hoffner’s vehicle hit a large rock and got stuck. Lucky for her, four cheetah cubs happened to be playing on a log nearby. After three grew tired and lay down to rest, this cub “climbed to the top to get to eye level with its mom,” she says. “They proceeded to gently groom one another before retiring to sleep in the shade.”