Lion Cubs
Lion Cubs. PHOTO: Rudolf Hanni

One of the greatest calls of the wild is the sound of a lion roaring. That low-pitched roar can reach friend and foe up to 8km away! But have you ever heard the cute sound of a lion cub? Listen below as two young cubs, near Hoedspruit in South Africa, try to emulate their parent with different results…

Karongwe Private Game Reserve posted the video by Rudolf Hanni, reminding people to put their sound on full, and said: “EVER HEARD A LION CUB ROAR? Competing with Dad – listen to the brave deep roar of the one on the right.”

While there are several lion cub videos on YouTube, what makes this special is the cubs are in the wild and not in captivity.

WATCH Lion cubs try to roar like their parent

Social media followers in South Africa and abroad are loving the video. “Awww, adorable!” said many, while South Africans living abroad added: “I miss that sound.”

One social media user, Liebrecht Fick, pointed out: “The cubs normally make that noise when they call their mother. The big roar can be from a female as well. It is not just males that roar.”

Apparently the way to tell the difference between the roar of a male and female, is that the lioness’ roar is medium-pitched rather than low, and is not as loud.

Lion cubs usually start roaring at around two or three months, but they only master it after a couple of years, when they become sub-adults. Experts say the purpose of adults roaring is to let their pride know their location or to intimidate other lions by showing how strong they are.

Here’s an adult lion roar: