The Valley of Horses - Study Guide Chapters 13-15 Summary & Analysis

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In chapter 13, Ayla takes the baby cave lion into her cave despite Whinney's clear displeasure. Ayla needs to care for the animal and the best place to do it is in the cave. However, this forces Ayla to dress the reindeer in the cave, so she must fashion a travois for Whinney to carry the carcass up to the cave. Ayla keeps a constant vigil on the lion that night, treating him with the herbs and techniques Iza taught her. Ayla and the lion form a bond during his confinement, creating a unique family consisting of a human mother and an equine sibling for the orphaned lion. As the weeks pass, the lion becomes content in his new home, learning to obey Ayla's non-verbal communications and play with Whinney. Ayla begins observing a family of lions who live a short distance from the cave, learning...

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