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The lion (Panthera leo) is a species in the cat family (Felidae). A muscular, deep-chested cat, it has a short, rounded head, a reduced neck and round ears, and a hairy tuft at the end of its tail. The lion is sexually dimorphic; males are larger than females with a typical weight range of for the former and for the latter. In addition, male lions have a prominent mane, which is the most recognisable feature of the species. A lion pride consists of a few adult males, related females and cubs. Groups of female lions typically hunt together, preying mostly on large ungulates. Lions are apex and keystone predators, although they scavenge as opportunity allows. While lions do not typically hunt humans, some have been known to do so.

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Lion and Cub

Picture of lion and a cub.

Contributed by Engine Sab

this is a better video showing strategy.

Contributed by Everett Chronowski

I always found how interesting it is that the lioness' will have strategic places to be to catch prey.

Contributed by Everett Chronowski

Cute little lion cubs.

Contributed by Kelly Biermann

Watch, and Wait

Lions, like any animal, search for high vantage points to look out for aggressors or prey. Even though they are the kings of the jungle, they are just big cats and also like to enjoy the heat of the rocks in the warm summer sun while taking a "cat nap".

Contributed by Madison L. Mortenson

Check out these newborn lions--the first lions born on the Gaza strip. Do you hear how ADORABLE they are? I can't take it!!!

Contributed by Sammo Lea

In a Romanian zoo, a dog lives with two lions, often playing together and keeping each other company.

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Taking It One Step Further

I am so sorry if I made anyone distraught, sad, or upset. However, I have NEVER seen a picture like this before and thought it was a great find. Not sure if this lion was a female or male though. Because male lions defend the pride’s territory while females do most of the hunting. BUT, the males eat first.

Contributed by Vanessa Lam

cool hunting picture

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This was a very interesting video I would love to have a lion as a pet!!

Contributed by Meagan Carlson

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