the mother doesn't leave the cub's side

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Though the panda mother may be large and heavy, her cub is very small, weighing only about 100 grams at birth. It has no fur and is blind for the first six weeks. During this time the mother does not leave the cub's side.

Is it all right and about the same to just say "leave the cub" instead of "leave the cub's side?" Thanks.
  • Aardvark01

    Senior Member
    British English (Midlands)
    To my mind to not leave someone's side implies they are moving around and you are staying with them. But that is not the case with newborn pandas because they are blind. I think it would make more sense to say the mother does not leave the cubs.
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