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Lion

Related topics:

Cat Tiger
Bear, Leopard, Antelope

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The Lion (Panthera leo) is a mammal of the family Felidae. The male lion, easily
recognized by his mane, may weigh up to 250 kg (550 lb). Females are much
smaller, weighing up to 136 kg (300 lb). In the wild lions live for around 10–14
years, while in captivity they can live over 20. Lions are predatory carnivores who
live in family groups, called prides. The family consists of related females, their
cubs of both sexes, and one or more unrelated males who mate with the adult
females. Although it was once thought that females did most of the hunting in the
pride, it is now known that males contribute much more to hunting than they had
been previously given credit for. Both males and females will defend the pride
against outside intruders. Typically, males will not tolerate outside males, and
females will not tolerate outside females. Males are expelled from the pride when
they reach maturity. When or if a male coalition takes over a pride and ousts the
previous coalition, the conquerors often kill any cubs that they did not father.


Related words:
Lioness (female lion)
Lion cub (baby lion)
Mane (male lion's hair)

Expressions
The Lion's share: The biggest part.
Roar like a lion: Make a sound like a lion.
The king of beasts: Nickname for lions
A pride of lions: Group of lions
Detroit Lions: American NFL football team

Stories:
The Lion and the Mouse
The Fox and the Lion
The Vixen and the Lioness

Songs: The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Movies:
The Lion King
The Wizard of Oz


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