- Size matters; when it comes to lions
Lions are the second largest cat in the world, a male lion weighing in at approximately 500 pounds with a length of 8 feet. Pretty big right? Though this sounds impressive; the lion is a kitten compared to the tiger; reaching 850 pounds and 11 feet.
- Lions are a lot like you and me.
Lions can’t walk on two legs and have opposable thumbs, but they do have the same kind of social structure. Being the most social of all big cats; they live in families (known as a pride). The prides consist of the older male lions, multiple related females, cubs, and a few young adults. A typical pride has 15 members but prides with much more have been documented in the past.
- The older you get, the greyer you turn…and the more ladies you attract?
Not sure if this is completely true for us humans, but with lions, it is (Lucky them).
A good indication of the age of a male lion is his mane, but instead of it turning grey it becomes darker over the years. Female lions (lionesses) are typically more attracted to males with darker manes.
- King of the jungle? Pffff; more like King of laziness.
Lions can sleep up to 20 hours a day (talk about the good life). Like humans, lionesses do all the cooking…or hunting in their case. While male lions stay home and watch over the pride -a family man as some would say. However, males are the first to eat.
On a side note, lions don’t even live in jungles. They live in grasslands and plains.
- Sisters are like fat thighs… they stick together.
Lionesses (the sisters) live together their entire lives. The female cubs will also stay with the pride after they are grown, but the male cubs leave to pride once they reach maturity.
- A lion’s heels don’t touch the ground (weird right?).
- A lion’s roar can be heard from 5 miles away.
- Lions can run for short distances at 50 mph and leap as far as 36 feet
Written by: Tersha van Staden