Knowledge About LIONS

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  • Lions belong to “Cat” family of animals & is the 2nd largest in cat family , the 1st one is Tiger.
  • A group of Lions is called “Pride”.
  • The average pride consists of about 15 individuals, including five to 10 females
  • Male lions are the only members of the cat family to have a mane.
  • Lions live for 10–14 years in the wild, while in captivity they can live longer than 20 years.
  • Lions may hunt at any hour, but they typically go after large prey at night.
  • They hunt in a group to increase their chances, as larger animal can be difficult to catch and can outrun a single lion.
  • The lions fan out in a broad front or in a semi-circle to slowly attack on prey. Once with within attacking distance, they circle the startled animals and knock one down. Team sneaks up to the victim until it reaches a distance of around 30 metres (98 ft) or less.
  • Females do >85% of the pride’s hunting as they are more aggressive, the males patrol the territory and protect the pride, for which they take the “lion’s (major)share” of the females’ prey.
  • Lions are not always successful in the pursuit of trying to kill, 50% of times their hunting adventure fails too.
  • Females do 85 to 90 percent of the pride’s hunting, while the males patrol the territory and protect the pride, for which they take the “lion’s (major) share” of the females’ prey.
  • The male lions eat first even before the cubs as well as hunters (lioness).
  • Lions are the laziest among the big cats family . They usually spend 16 to 20 hours a day sleeping and resting, spending the remaining hours to hunting, protecting their territory.
  • Lions are also called “Nocturnal” animals, this means sleeping during day-time & working in night.
  • Lions spend an average of 2 hours a day walking and 50 minutes eating.
  • Lions make many gestures towards each other .Rubbing head, face and neck against another lion—seem to be a form of greeting.
  • If available,most lions drink water daily , but can go 4-5 days without it. Lions in dry areas obtain required moisture from the stomach contents of their kill.
  • The lion’s worst enemy -is a surprise, it is a porcupine.
  • A lion can’t actually roar until it’s 2 years old .
  • When adult, a lion’s roar can be heard from as far as 5 miles away.
  • A lion is the only one having a tassel on its tail. It’s often used to signal to other members of the pride, with messages like “this way”.
  • Lions don’t have much stamina, thus, they only run fast in short bursts.
  • A lion can run for short distances at 50 miles per hour and can leap as far as 36 feet.
  • A lion’s heels don’t touch the ground while walking.
  • When males take over a new pride, they usually kill the cubs.
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