Describe the Animal.

The lion is one of the five big cats. It is the second largest big cat only behind the tiger. They are a very vulnerable species. The average lion only lives to about ten years unless in captivity because of injuries or casualties that happen in the wild.

How is it born? How does the mother care for its young?

A lion cub is born by the mother first going to a secluded area like a marsh or a cave and doing the birth process by herself. The mother gives the cub her milk and goes and gets it food. The mother protects her cub from predators until it is able to protect itself.

How does it get its food? What does it eat?

The lion is a hunter who either catches its prey by sneaking up on it or waiting patiently for the prey to come to them. The lion is a carnivore which means it is a meat-eater. They hunt a wide variety on animals.
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Where does it live and what are some of its habits?

Lions mostly today are limited to sub-Saharan Africa. Mostly on the western portion of the continent. Although, they stay away from the rainforests for the most part. One big habit of a lion is that it hunts at dusk and spends the rest of the day relaxing and sleeping. Lions also have a habit of being very stubborn about their territory, so if another male lion enters the territory of another, it can be very dangerous.

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Who are its enemies, how does it defend itself?

The lions main enemies are the leopard, cheetah, and hyena. Hyena’s are the big enemies because they always try to take the lion’s cubs to eat. Lions defend themselves by using their claws and their very powerful jaws.

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