Top 5 Facts: Lions
1) Different from the pack
Occasionally lions have cream-coloured fur. These were once thought to be a separate species but it’s actually a rare genetic morph called leucism.
2) Not so lionhearted
Lions have relatively small hearts for their body size; typically about three per cent of body weight, compared with 4.3 per cent for humans.
3) Lion or leopard?
Lion cubs are born with brown rosette-like spots on their fur. This provides a better camouflage for the scrubland.
4) A load of pants
Despite the searing African heat, lions have very few sweat glands. Instead they can pant up to 200 times a minute to cool themselves down.
5) Eyes bigger than their bellies
An adult lion needs an average of 5kg of meat each day but they can gorge on up to 30kg in one meal and then not eat for up to a week.
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