The Confusion Of Zira's Cubs

The Confusion Of Zira's Cubs

The truth about Zira's cubs

OK, lot's of people are confused about Zira's cubs; who their parents are and who they're related to. So I'm going to attempt to clear up all this confusion, by telling you my theorys on the three cubs. These are just theorys and may not be true, so if you don't agree with them, that's your opinion.

First things first, I think that Zira is definatly the mother of Nuka, Vitani and Kovu. There is no reason for her not to be.

OK, now that's out the way, let's start with Nuka.

Nuka: He is Zira's eldest cub. Lot's of people think that Nuka is Scar's cub. I agree with this theory, because both lions look similar to one an other. They both have the same colour mane, the same nose, and the same body build. Some people think that Nuka isn't Scar's because otherwise he would have been king instead of Kovu. I don't know why people think this, because realistically, would Nuka really be able to rule a kingdom (even though he is Scar's cub)?

Now let's move on to Vitani.

Vitani: There are lots of theorys about her, one of them showing Nala as her mother. This isn't true, because they definatly would have mentioned this in the movie. And lot's of people think that Scar is her father. This does sound logical (even I believed this for a while) but again, not true. If he was her father, then where did Vitani get her blue eyes? And she doesn't look like Scar at all (except for the nose, but she could have inherited this from Zira). I think that her father is Tojo, a lion from the comics. My theory is that after having Nuka, Zira realized that she wouldn't be able to get a suitable king from Scar, so started looking for other males. She found Tojo, who gave her Vitani, but she wasn't suitable because she was female. So not long after Vitani was born, Zira went looking for another male. This explains why Vitani and Kovu look about the same age.

Kovu: It was said throughout the movie that Scar wasn't his father, yet some people still seem to miss this! So who is Kovu's father? In my opinion, it's Chumvi, a lion from 'The Lion King: Six New Adventures'. His headtuft is similar to Kovu's, and his fur colour is also similar. Like with Tojo, Zira probably found him and had a cub with him; Kovu. The only down side to this theory is that neither Zira nor Chumvi have green eyes, like Kovu does. Unless he could have inherited them from a grandparent?

I hope this artical has cleared up some confusion! Sorry for the lack of pictures!  

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August 04, 2015
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I think Nuka is Nada and Chmus cub who was being abused. Vitani is Zira and Kopas cub. Well Kopa Simbas brother their from another pride. It was kept a secret. Kiara is Simba and Ziras cub. Kovu is Ziras best friend Unas cub. In my opion.

July 09, 2015
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I think Nuka's parents are Scar and Zira,

Vitani's parents are Tojo and Tama

and Kovu's parents are Chumvi and Kula.

December 17, 2012
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Why does nearly EVERYONE assume that a lioness can't rule?! Vitani wasn't suitable because she was a girl? While she wasn't chosen to be heir, doesn't mean she can't rule. I actually believe she MIGHT be younger than Kovu, but that would mean one of them couldn't be Zira's biological child (she just appears younger to me). Also, Vitani doesn't really strike me as a leader, more of a follower. Notice how she does exactly what Zira says without question until the very end? Kovu, on the other hand, disobeys his mother since the first scene we seem him in--you know, when Nuka was supposed to be watching him--and later during the attack on Simba. Even in nature, many prides are led by females. This makes it harder for them, since males will try to mate with one of the lioness and take over the pride, but it still happens rather frequently. In TKL2, both Kiara and Zira show that females can rule.

Also, lioness won't mate again until their child is fully grown, and the same goes for most cats. Nuka might be about 3yrs old (an adult), so that means Kovu and Vitani could be Zira's. However, if both Kovu and Vitani have different fathers, it would be impossible for them to have the same mother, since one of them would have to be full grown before the other could be born.

Magician impossible
August 09, 2012
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Tama and Sca huh? Hmm...

Scar's daughter
August 09, 2012
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I PERSONALLY like to believe Vitani is th
the cub of Scar and Tama. :)

February 25, 2012
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Very good article!
Except that with these theories, we usually think up things that Disney wouldn't ever think of (Tojo just appeared in a comic that wasn't made by Disney) so would technically be thought of as wrong. But what if Disney doesn't really KNOW who their parents are? Then we're allowed to do whatever we like with the characters, though some people still think Scar is Kovus father, when it's been repeated over and over again in the movie XD I'm REALLY not sure about him or Vitani though XD

January 02, 2012
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very well written article

January 02, 2012
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sorry.....sorry :S Vitani's real parents are Tama and Tojo

December 23, 2011
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Nuka is Scar's and Zira's. Vitani is Zira's but I don't know who her dad is. Zira mated with Chumvi. together they became Kovu. so every one of Zira's cubs are half siblings.

March 26, 2011
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Actually, a lot of this could actually never be true.

Because in the wild, in reality, a lioness cannot breed again until her cubs have either died or grown up. Therefore, Kovu and Vitani could never be blood siblings or even half siblings as they are both cubs in the movie. Different says for Nuka though, because he was like a teeager when vitani was a cub... so they COULD be siblings.

Kovu, according to books, was found by Zira and adopted by her.

January 20, 2011
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Chumvi could not have mated with Zira after the death of Scar, since Kovu was hand-chosen by Scar.

September 30, 2010
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Both my grandparents have black brown eyes and only one of my uncles(their son)has light blue eyes.
So how come vitani can't have blue eyes?

September 06, 2010
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People, almost everyone knows that Kovu is the son of Zira and Chumvi.
But hear something between Zira and Chumvi they parted.

Well let's start from the Front des:

First flirted with Scar Zira and Nuka, and they had Vitani.

But soon after the death of Scar Zira had to be with another male, in fact Chumvi be younger because the theories say that when a child Chumvi Adult and Zira was Scar was dating (but does not take the theory that Simba is niece of Zira, that's another story), but good Chumvi mated with Zira and Kovu was born of them. But hear this one thing I do not know and disappeared Chumvi :o

So theoretically they are all offspring of Zira.
But Vitani and are children of Nuka and Kovu Scar son Chumvi.

September 01, 2010
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
Kovu's parents- Chumvi and Zira
Nuka's parents- Scar and Zira
Vitani's parents- Scar and Nala:mad:

April 12, 2010
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I agree with the Kovu one and besides did no one think that if Kovu was actually Scar's actually son then Kiara would be in love with her cousin?

February 13, 2010
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Cdpgirl-kopalover: If it's been confirmed by DISNEY that he's not Scar's son (as well as the movie repeating over and over that he isn't), then chances are that he ISN'T Scar's son! Nuka, on the other hand; there's a good chance that he's Scar's.

January 01, 2010
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wait scar has green eyes right? yes. kovu also has green eyes......and well nomatter what the movie
says I think kovu is scar's son. :/:

September 23, 2009
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Technically, blue and green are both recessive gene traits, just like red hair, meaning that if one parent has brown eyes, the child will have a 99.99% chance of having brown eyes.

Whether this holds for lions, I have no idea.

September 11, 2009
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@Dudeofmeh: Actually, not all genes are strictly dominant-recessive genes. Some incorporate blending. I think that blue and green are really closely related, in any case, so there could potentially be some environmental/aging/grandparent influence that distinguishes Vitani from Kovu.

August 07, 2009
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nice article!i can beleive most of it especially the vitani part:)

July 27, 2009
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I believe most of this! Especially the Vitani part. However eye colour cannot be inherited from a grandparent. You have a 75% chance of inheriting the more dominant eye colour of your parents. I.E Brown>>Blue>>Green. And a 25% Chance of inheriting the lesser Dominant (turn that equasion around to see which colour is least dominant)

So I think Kovu's father was probably a rogue lion.

July 20, 2009
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some people say that kovu mom isnt zira they say that his parents were killed and zira found and toke him in

July 09, 2009
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Very good article! :) I agree with you on many things, but I'd like to say something about Vitani and Kovu's eyes.
You asked where Vitani would've got her blue eyes if Scar was her father. Just like Seth2208 said: children can inherit some looks from their grandparents or great grandparents. If one of Zira's parents had red /brown eyes and the other had blue eyes, Zira would have brown-blue genes. If Scar had green-blue genes, these two could easily produce a cub with blue eyes.
And if Chumvi had brown-green genes, that would explain Kovu's eye color. Because if he got the blue from Zira and the green from Chumvi, his eyes would be green - and they ARE green. :P
I also believe that Kovu and Vitani are twins, but that doesn't mean that they must have the same father. In real life, every cub in the litter can have a different father.

June 14, 2009
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Though I share Seth2208's opinions, I must say that this was a very well-written article with strong arguments; I hold a deep respect for well-thought-out arguments. Nice work! ;)

June 07, 2009
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Nice article you wrote. Your theory is interesting, even if I disagree with thing or two.

If you are wandering what, here is explanation what is, in my humble opinion, real:
1. I don't believe Scar is Nukas father, even if appearance is similar. Read more here: [...] rticles/Nuka_s_Father/332.html
Mahewa wrote great article about it.
2. I believe Vitani and Kovu are twins. So I believe they have same father...
Not all looks is inherited from parents, some might be from grandparents or great grandparents.

Again thats my opinion, and since those things are not defined in movie, everyone can make his own theories. With other things I agree, this article could help somebody to make his own opinion, based on your.

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