Lions

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Lions.
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Lions.
Lions are big cats, lions along with tigers, cheetahs, cougars, puma's, leopards and domestic cats, are members of the cat family. All cats have similar behaviour. Lions live in the dry grasslands area of Africa. Lions are members of the cat family. Lions are carnivores (meat eaters). Lions are of a golden color. A female lion is called a lioness, a young lion is called a cub, and the male lion, he's just called, a lion. Lions live in a group which is called a pride in areas of ground which is called the lions territory. In a lions territory there has to be water to drink, places for the cubs to hide, and lots of animals called prey for the lions to hunt and eat. Lions eat zebra, gazelle, wildebeast, giraffe, buffalo and sometimes small animals. A pride of lions might be made up of two or three males, a group of females and lots of cubs. The lions coats are a sandy yellow color, which helps the lions to hide in sunlight and shade amidst long dry grass. The lioness is smaller and faster than the male. The male lion weighs around 300 kilograms, he is about 2.5 metres long, he has a thick mane around his neck, head, and shoulders which, making him look larger, makes it difficult for him to hunt. The mane turns black as the male ages. Lions have whiskers, big teeth, big paws, big claws, and long tufted tails. Just like the family cat, lions can pull their claws back into their paws. Lions hide their claws in sheaths. The lions use their claws for scratching, catching food, and for fighting other lions. The lifespan of a lion is betweem 15 and 20 years.

The pride.
Lions rest for about twenty hours a day, they spend lots of time lying in the shade. The dominant male looks after the pride. He attacks and chases away hyenas, and other lions who come and try to join, or take away his pride.

Cubs.
Here is a Hebrew word from the Holy Bible.
">ג?ר ג?ו?ר gu^r gu^r goor, goor Maybe from 1481 ג?ו?ר gu^r goor; a cub (as still abiding in the lair), especially cub of lion: - young one, a whelp. See Strongs 1482

A lioness has between two and five cubs. The cubs who weigh about two kilos, are born deaf and blind, the mother and the cubs live in a den where she feeds them on milk from her own body. Every few days the mother, carrying the cubs in her mouth, one by one, by the scruff of the neck, moves them to different hiding places. The cubs open their eyes when they are about two weeks old, and by the time they are about three weeks old they usually have their first baby teeth. The mother takes the cubs to join the pride when they are about six weeks old. All of the other females in the pride help to feed and mind the cubs. The cubs, who start eating meat at about the age of three months, are breast fed milk for around twelve months, by which time they have grown their adult teeth. When a lioness dies, other female members of the pride will feed and raise her cubs.

Discipline.
The lioness discipline her cubs by gently biting them with her teeth, picking them up by the scruff of the neck and moving them from one place to another, and by gently striking (cuffing ) the mischievous cubs with her large paws.

Lions are violent, they punish, clap, smite, strike (lightly or severely), give stripes, beat, wound, cast forth, and kill, slaughter (murder).
Cubs are murdered by strange male lions.A dominant male will fight an intruding male to death if necessary to protect his pride.

Here is a scripture from the Holy Bible.
6 Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, Jeremiah 5:6

Here is the scripture again with the Hebrew meaning before the words "lion" and "slay".
6 Wherefore a [אריה ארי 'a?ri^y 'arye^h ar-ee', ar-yay' From 717ארה 'a^ra^h (in the sense of violence); a lion: - a (young) lion, pierce. 717 ארה 'a^ra^h aw-raw' Primitive root; to pluck: - pluck, gather. See Strongs 738] lion out of the [יער ya?ar yah'-ar to thicken with flourishing green vegetation, (verdure); a (copse of bushes, a forest), and for this reason honey in the comb (as hived in trees), (honey-) comb, wood, forest, out-spread place. See Strongs 3293] forest shall [נכה na^ka^h naw-kaw' Primitive root; to strike: - clap, smite (-r, -ing), to (cause to) smite, (be) smitten, beat, (cause) to be beaten, be beaten, strike (lightly, severely), be (stricken), wound, give (wounds), (wounds) given, be wounded, (give) stripes, make (slaughter), slaughter, be slain, slay (-er, -ing), kill, murderer, punish, cast forth, (go) forward, indeed, surely. See Strongs 5221] slay them,

Cubs are driven away from the pride by leaders when they are about three years of age. The male lions live on their own or in groups for two or three years, after which they will try to take over a pride by driving out the dominant male. The males stands there roaring and sometimes fighting with one another until the weakest male leaves. Some of the males that are driven from prides do not survive because they are not very good at hunting.

The territory.
A male lion ferociously guards the territory, he walks around sniffing, and he knows when other cats have been on his territory, so he marks his territory with a scent from his body so that other lions know that this is his territory, and if another lion happens to come onto the territory, there is a big cat fight between the males, and the male who wins the fight, wins the right to rule the pride. Lions are ferocious. See Strongs 7826 Holy Bible Hosea 13:7 Lions are the kings of the jungle. Lions run away from angry elephants and rhinos.

Hunting.
The lioness is fiercer than the lion.
Here is the Hebrew word.
3833 לבאות לבאים לבי?א לביא la^bi^y' lebi^ya^' leba^'i^ym leba^'o^th law-bee' leb-ee-yaw' leb-aw-eem' (-oth') to roar; a lion (a lioness as the fiercer (but not a roarer; compare 738 אריה ארי 'a?ri^y 'arye^h ar-ee', ar-yay: - (young, old, stout, great, a bold) lion, lioness.

Female lions work together in teams to hunt and provide food for the pride. The lions hunt gazelles, zebra buffalo, wilderbeasts, and warthogs, they pick the weakest and youngest animals of the herd. The prey, who make it difficult for the lions to catch them by running fast, have few places to hide because the grasslands of Africa are very open. Surrounding them on all sides, the lionesses hide in long grass, and watch the animals, crouching down on their stomaches they quietly creep up on the prey and lurk (wait in secret) to ambush them. Psalm 17:12..When they have crept up close enough, they run out from the grass, and chase the animal, which causes the animals to run, the lioness uses her paw to try and trip the animal over, the other lionesses join in the chase, they grab the back of the animal with their claws, and leaping onto its back they bite and scratch and pull it to the ground where they kill it by suffocation or strangulation. A lioness will put her mouth over the mouth of prey to suffocate it (prevent it from breathing). The kill of a buffalo is quick, the lions bite it on the throat, break its neck, and kill it by strangulation. The male, who sees the kill greedily rushes in to eat his fill. Pulling the prey to pieces he gorges himself and snarls and growls as he angrily feeds on the carcase while the complaining lionesses and their cubs watch and wait. The lionesses eat after the male, and the cubs eat the remaining food last. Some cubs die of starvation. During the dry season when animals have migrated, other lions starve to death because they are forced to hunt smaller prey. Male lions who have left the pride sometimes hunt together. A pride of lions kills one or two animals a week.

Cubs learn to hunt during their young hours of playfulness, and also by following and watching their mothers. Cubs can usually kill an animal at about twelve months of age, they hunt by themselves at about the age of two. Young cubs are curious, they chase moving objects such as leaves, insects, birds, small animals, and other things.

Sleepy lions.
Lions sleep for about twenty hours a day, lions love to sleep. While the lions are sleeping the cubs who do not sleep as much as the older lions, run, jump, and play.

Female lions.
Female lions usually stay with their mother's pride, however, some of them leave and form, or join new prides.

Male lions.
Male lions leave the prides in which they were born, they then live alone, or with other males, until they find and join a new pride.

The lions mane.
Here is a scripture from the Holy Bible.
29 Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it. Isaiah 5:29

Here is
the scripture again with Hebrew meanings before the words " young lions"
29 Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like [כ?פיר kephi^yr kef-eer' From 3722 כ?פר ka^phar kaw-far' a village (covered in with walls); a young lion (with a mane as a covering): - (young) lion, whelp, village. Compare 3723 כ?פר ka^pha^r kaw-fawr' See Strongs 3715] young lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it. Isaiah 5:29

Grooming.
Lions groom one another with their tongues.

Lions growl and lions mourn.
Here is a scripture from the Holy Bible.
15 As a roaring lion, Proverbs 28:15 See also: Prov 19:12..Prov 20:2

Here is the scripture again with Hebrew meanings before the words "roaring" and "lion."
15
As a [נהם na^ham naw-ham' Primitive root; to growl: - troubled, to be disquieted, mourn, roar (-ing). See Strongs 5098] roaring [אריה ארי 'a?ri^y 'arye^h ar-ee', ar-yay' From 717 (in the sense of violence); a lion: - (young) lion, pierce (from the margin). See Strongs 738] lion, Proverbs 28:15

Lions and their cubs moan, and rumble, and mightily roar.
Here is a scripture from the Holy Bible.
29 Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it. Isaiah 5:29

lion-sound

Here is the scripture again with Hebrew meanings before the words "roaring" " lion " " roar" "young"
29
Their [ש?אגה she'a^ga^h sheh-aw-gaw' From 7580 ש?אג sha^'ag shaw-ag' a (rumbling, moan): - roar (-ing). See Strongs 7581] roaring shall be like a [ לבאות לבאים לבי?א לביא la^bi^y' lebi^ya^' leba^'i^ym leba^'o^th law-bee' leb-ee-yaw' leb-aw-eem' (-oth') to roar; a lion (a lioness as the fiercer (but not a roarer; compare 738 אריה ארי 'a?ri^y 'arye^h ar-ee', ar-yay': - (young, old, stout, great, a bold) lion, lioness. See Strongs 3833] lion, they shall [ש?אג sha^'ag shaw-ag' Primitive root; to (rumble, moan): - to (roar), mightily. See Strongs 7580] roar like [כ?פיר kephi^yr kef-eer' From 3722 כ?פר ka^phar kaw-far' a village (covered in with walls); a young lion (with a mane as a covering): - (young) lion, whelp, village. Compare 3723 כ?פר ka^pha^r kaw-fawr' See Strongs 3715] young lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it. Isaiah 5:29

Here is a scripture from the Holy Bible.
7 Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe them: Hosea 13:7

Here is the scripture again with the Hebrew meaning before the word " lion".
7 Therefore I will be unto them as a [ש?חל shachal shakh'-al to roar; a lion (from his characteristic roar): - a (roaring) lion, (fierce) lion. see Strongs 7826] lion: Hosea 13:7

Lions, lionesses, and cubs, join together and rumble and moan and mightily roar.
Here is a scripture from the Holy Bible.
38 They shall roar together like lions: they shall yell as lions' whelps. Jeremiah 51:38

38 They shall [ש?אג sha^'ag shaw-ag' Primitive root; to (rumble, moan): - to (roar), mightily. See Strongs 7580] roar [יחד yachad yakh'-ad From 3161 יחד ya^chad yaw-khad' a unit, unitedly: - both, knit, (al-) together, at once, only, likewise, alike, at all, withal. See Strongs 3162] together like [כ?פיר kephi^yr kef-eer' From 3722 כ?פר ka^phar kaw-far' a village (covered in with walls); a young lion (with a mane as a covering): - (young) lion, whelp, village. Compare 3723 כ?פר ka^pha^r kaw-fawr' See Strongs 3715 ] lions: they shall [נער na^?ar naw-ar' Primitive root; to growl: - to growl, yell, shake. See Strongs 5286 ] yell as [אריה ארי 'a?ri^y 'arye^h ar-ee', ar-yay' From 717ארה 'a^ra^h (in the sense of violence); a lion: - a (young) lion, pierce. 717 ארה 'a^ra^h aw-raw' Primitive root; to pluck: - pluck, gather. See Strongs 738] lions' [ג?רה ג?ור go^r go^ra^h gore, go-raw' A variation of 1482 ג?ר ג?ו?ר gu^r gu^r goor, goor: - a whelp. See Strongs 1484]whelps. Jeremiah 51:38

יחד ya^chad yaw-khad' Primitive root; to (be, become) one: - unite, join, be (joined, united), to be united. See Strongs 3161

Lions usually roar during the night. The male lion has the mightiest roar!

Where do lions live.
Lions live in the savanna areas (open grassy plains) of Africa. There are also some lions in a reserve called Gir Forest in India. There are lions in safari parks, and lions are also found in zoos.

Savanna (open grassy plains). See: out-spread place thickened with flourishing green vegetation. Strongs 3293 Holy Bible Jeremiah 5:6

The lions enemies.
Lions are being pushed out of the territories by people who are taking their land for farms. Humans are the enemies of lions. Lions run away from angry elephants and rhinos.

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