Wild Animals

Lion

posted: 04/29/14
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Lion
Ecopic/Veer

Allow me to introduce Myself: I'm a Lion!

Where You'll Most Likely Find Me: Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa.

What I Like to Eat: People. Just kidding, that's a myth. We eat most anything that moves: wildebeests, elephants, deer, zebras, and antelopes. Pretty much anything.

Betcha Didn't Know This About Me: Sure our full, hairy mane is beautiful, but it has a purpose too. It protects us from the claws and teeth of any adversary that dares to try to fight us.

Who We Are: Lions, lionesses and cubs do the same thing all day: as little as possible. Even though, we are in a lounging state of mind, mothers have to be diligent and stay close to their baby cubs who are food for hyenas and jackals.

The Most Famous Lions: Mufasa and Simba from "The Lion King". You don't know who we are? Just ask your children who've seen our animated movie countless times, and the 55 million people who have enjoyed our show on Broadway since 1997.

Loud Roar: Another thing we "Kings of the Jungle" are known for is our loud roar heard as far as three miles away. We roar after the sun goes down or a kill, or to defend our territory.

Claws: Our sharp claws are our best weapon. Just like your house cat, we can retract them to prevent them from getting dull. They are curved and allow us to grab and hold down our prey.

The Chase: It's tiring running after other speedy animals. That's why we singlehandedly only kill about 20 or so large animals a year. Once we have our sights set on our prey, it's on. They give chase, and we sprint right after them. If the pursuit lasts longer than 100 yards, we fall back out of breath. Sometimes, it just takes too much energy to capture our meals. The carcass of a large animal can feed our entire pride for a couple of days.

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