Shuka(VLM044) was born February 17, 2000 in the Lazuli. His mother was Buttercup and his father was Vulcan. He had two litter-mates Fanta(VLF043) and Tuxedo(VLM045). Around the same time the pups were born, another female Royal gave birth to a litter of three pups as well. The pups survived their first few weeks and started foraging with the adults. In March both Shuka and one of Royal's pups, a female named Freeda, were both predated.