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The Proud Father - The Lion

The Lion formerly known as the king of the jungle is actually a hunter of the great plains. A proud member of the Felidae family. A threatened species limited to a few parks in Africa where he can roam free away from the gaze of poachers and wrong do-errs.

The male lion is easily recognized by his mane, and often can weigh up to 550 pounds. The females are much smaller, weighing usually up to around 400 pounds. In the wild averagely lion live for about 10 to 14 years. While in captivity they have surpassed twenty years.

Lions are carnivores who live together in family groups, called prides. These prides usually consist of related female lions, their cubs of both sexes and one male lion often unrelated who will mate with the adult females, all of them.

The females are the hunters within the pride, they will hunt in the days or in the nights though are found to hunt more often on days when it is overcast and cooler out. While the male who is often portrayed as lazy and lacking in energy due to the fact that a lion can sleep up to 20 hours a day, maintains the borders of their territory.

Male lions are expelled from the pride when they reach maturity. When or if another male takes over the pride and fights the alpha male and is victorious, the conqueror is free to kill and cubs left in the pride that are not his.

 

Cited Paraphrasing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion