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The lion (Panthera leo) is a member of the family Felidae and one of four big cats in the genus Panthera. With exceptionally large males exceeding 250 kgin weight,] it is the second-largest living cat after the tiger. Wild lions currently exist in sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia with a critically endangered remnant population in northwest India, having disappeared from North Africa, the Middle East, and western Asia in historic times. Until the late Pleistocene (about 10,000 years ago), the lion was the most widespread large land mammal beside humans. They were found in most of Africa, much of Eurasia from western Europe to India, and the Bering land bridge and, in the Americas, from the Yukon to Peru. ...read more.


Typically, several female lions work together and encircle the herd from different points. Once they have closed with a herd, they usually target the closest prey. The attack is short and powerful, they attempt to catch the victim with a fast rush and final leap. The prey usually is killed by strangulation. The mature male lion has a thick mane, which is useful, for two things: a) It makes him look bigger. b) It protects the throat. The lion's loose belly allows them to be, kicked by their enemies (in battle,) with a little chance of injury. Some mountain lion adaptations can be seen on the photos of the animals; these creatures are not kept on farms. ...read more.


it separates the flesh from the bones and skin. b) It removes parasites during the lions grooming. The eyes in the front allow the lion to do both: a) See deep b) judge distances when stalking or ambushing prey. The lion's tawny coat allows him/her to camouflage him/her plus their cubs, in scrub vegetation. The lions have heavily muscled forelimbs and shoulders which adds strength to them, so they can capture large prey. The lion has forepaws that are equipped with long, retractile claws, which help lions to grab and hold on to their prey. The lion has a resonating roar, which is used for: a) to warn intruders. b) To communicate with other lions/lionesses. Their lions also roar to tell were one is (if separated.) the female lions sometimes call their cubs by roaring. You can hear territorial roaring one hour after sunset (if you were in Africa.) ...read more.

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