Lion King Litter: Spring 2014
Birth - 5/1/2014
Introducing the Lion King litter! We originally started out thinking to go with a Disney sidekick theme from several movies but we couldn't find the adorable little toys to go with the names. We stumbled upon Lion King toys and thought it would be fun to do that theme since all the characters were animals with some pretty cool names. Thus the Lion King litter came to be!
Jon guessed Kyra was to have her pups on April 29th, the Repro Vet said she'd have them on April 30th, so naturally Kyra waited to have them on May 1st! She sure took her time to begin the whelping process so we were all quite anxious to get things started. My mom, Janice, and Jon's nephew, Zach (age 11), were our 'midwives' this time around. Kyra delivered the first five pups in a decent amount of time, although not as quickly as her last litter. Simba had such a huge head I sure felt bad for Kyra that this was the first pup of the night! At least the rest were more reasonable sizes. ;)
Kyra seemed to settle down and nurse her pups but we knew we had at least two more in there so we called our Repro Vet to see if we should come in. Since her contractions sort of stopped, he gave her some calcium and a shot of oxytocin to get things moving along. Jon and I holed up in one of their waiting rooms to help Kyra deliver the last two pups. We luckily thought ahead and brought all of our supplies with us just in case we had to do some deliveries en route or at the vet. Once the last two pups came they were only 10 minutes apart! So we were quite busy, but quite happy that she could still deliver them naturally and that both the pups were in great health!
Kyra is such a top notch mom from the get go this time around! Her last litter she had a fever and wasn't up for much the first few days, but this time she's doing such a great job and we are so proud of her! I guess it is easier for the "second child" (and for dogs that makes it the "second litter"). We are a tad jealous that each time we try to hold one of the pups, Kyra gives us the "stink eye" to give her pup back to her and if we don't comply she'll whine at us. We told her for now we'll oblige, but soon we'll get greedy and want to hold and cuddle the pups for ourselves! :)
So now, the moment you've all been waiting for, we would like to introduce the puppies of the Lion King litter, in order of appearance:
Name Meaning & Movie Character:Lion (Swahili). Simba is a rowdy, independent little cub who likes to romp and play. When Simba's father dies, it leaves Simba unsure about who he is. Then Rafiki shows Simba his reflection in a pool and the young lion understands that his father's courage and wisdom are a part of him, too.
Name Meaning & Movie Character:Movement (Hebrew). Mufasa's trusted advisor, Zazu is a prim and proper hornbill with a strong sense of personal dignity. Although Zazu's feathers can be easily ruffled, he is dedicated to Mufasa. The honorable hornbill would give his right wing for the lion king and stays with the pride through good and bad times.
Name Meaning & Movie Character:Friend (Swahili). Rafiki, the wise old baboon, is like a tribal medicine man or an ancient shaman. Rafiki travels his own road, sings his own songs and knows what he knows. After anointing newborn Simba, Rafiki wanders off on his mystical way. He returns again to guide Simba back to the path he was meant to follow.
Name Meaning & Movie Character:Savage (Swahili). Always on the lookout for their next meal or an innocent victim to taunt, tease or terrorize, Banzai, the male hyena, and Shenzi, the female, talk and joke while Ed, the third troublemaker, only laughs. When they're not arguing, these three punks can be found doing Scar's dirty work-- which is no laughing matter.
Name Meaning & Movie Character:Soldier (Swahili). As Mufasa's brother, Scar was next in line for the throne until Simba's birth, and he is obsessed with the need to possess it. Although Scar hides his plot with concern for Simba's safety, this evil, cunning betrayer is really Simba's and Mufasa's enemy-- a fact which the great-hearted Mufasa realizes too late.
Name Meaning & Movie Character:Small, dark thing (Swahili). Kiara is the daughter of Simba and Nala and the main character of The Lion King ll: Simba's Pride. She is portrayed as the feisty, playful, and adventurous princess of Pride Rock, but her over-protective father, Simba, easily fears for her safety and employs the assistance of Timon and Pumbaa in watching over her during her explorations in secret.
Name Meaning & Movie Character:Scar (Swahili). Kovu is Zira's youngest son, Scar's adoptive son and chosen heir. As a cub, Kovu lives a rough life in the barren Outlands in Zira's pride of exiles loyal to Scar. After his older brother Nuka leaves him alone, Kovu meets Kiara and brags about his independence, impressing her. As young adults Kovu and Kiara return to Pride Rock and break up a battle, and Kovu stands up to his mother, swearing to protect Kiara and Simba. Simba admits that he was wrong about Kovu and allows him to join the pride as Kiara's mate and his son-in-law and future king.