Its terrifying roar and kingly appearance have helped earn the lion its nickname “king of the beasts.”
The lion is often called the “king of the beasts”. Probably this is not because the lion could defeat all other animals in combat, not because it is the biggest animal.
But throughout history, the lion has been thought of as the symbol of strength because it ranks among the fiercest and strongest of all wild creatures.
Its ferocity and the roar of its voice strikes terror in the hearts of both men and animal alike. The long mane of the male gives the lion a proud and kingly appearance.
Lions live on the plains of Africa. Newborn lion cubs are about the size of a large house cat.
When fully grown, the male lion may measure no more than 9 feet long from his nose to the tip of his tall, and weigh more that 400 pounds.
One would expect lions to be fearless in hunting, yet they sometimes wait in ambush for prey to come close, then attack with a sudden pounce.
In circuses, these lordly animals attract much attention. Sometimes a lion trainer will even put his head in a lion’s mouth! – Dick Rogers