Michael is fairly certain that the cubs are the result of on-site breeding, and that the newborns are kept in a separate, guarded building close to the zoo owners’ home. But whenever the owners presented a new cub to the zoo staff, it was always a single cub, which made Michael suspicious.
“I’m 100 percent sure they’re doing things with the [other] cubs,” Michael said. “It’s never a litter of lions — it’s always one. And when you try to question, ‘If there’s one, where are the rest of them?’ It’s always like, ‘The mother ate them.’ But they keep feeding that line to us. They say it about every birth.”