How does a cat sharpen its claws?
Human fingernails and cat claws are made from keratin and keep growing their whole life.
Human fingernails do not retract (go in and out) – they do not go back into the skin to make them invisible.
Most cats and wild cats have claws that are exposed or protracted when they use them and are hidden, sheathed, or retracted when they don’t need them.
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What does a lion’s nose look like?
When a lion cub is born is has a pink nose.
Small black spots appear as the lion ages. Young adult lions have spotted noses. Middle-aged lions have patchy noses with large black spots.
The lion’s nose is completely black by the time it is old, at about eight years of age.
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A female lion is called a lioness. The lioness has 1-4 young, called cubs. Cubs are born with their eyes closed. They open their eys after 3-10 days.
The lioness is very protective of her cubs, particularly for the first 8 months (240 days), before they join the rest of the pride. Other lionesses and their cubs will live together and look after all of the cubs. This is called allomothering.
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What is the difference between the African Lion and the White Lion?
The White Lion (Panthera leo) is a feline, or felid, mammal – a wild cat. It is different from the African Lion (Panthera leo leo) and the Asiatic Lion (Panthera leo persica), but it is more similar to the African Lion.
The White Lion is not albino. It is leucistic, which means that it has reduced colouring, but not complete albinism. An animal that is albino lacks colour and has pink eyes. A leucistic animal does not have pink eyes.
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The Raggedfin Lionfish (Pterois antennata) is also called the Spotfin Lionfish. It is a tropical marine (saltwater) fish.
The Raggedfin Lionfish is reddish-brown with white and darker vertical bands on its body. It also has dark spots on its median fins, three dark-brown bars on its head, and an oblique bar through its eyes ending in a large spot on the lower gill cover. It has long, banded tentacles above each eye, and blue-black markings near the base of its fan-like pectoral fins.
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What is the difference between an African Lion and an Asiatic Lion?
The African Lion (Panthera leo leo) and the Asiatic Lion (Panthera leo persica) are both predatory mammals.
The African Lion is native to sub-Saharan Africa and the Asiatic Lion is native only to the Gir Forest in Gujarat in India.
The African Lion is bigger and heavier than the Asiatic Lion.
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The Asiatic Lion (Panthera leo leo) is an endangered lion, native only to the Gir Forest of India. It is also known as the Indian Lion.
The Asiatic Lion is a tawny beige colour, with some black speckles. The male has a mane of hair around its head, and the female (lioness) has no mane. It has a fold of skin along its belly, called a belly fold.
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What is a pride?
A pride is a group of lions.
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Are domestic cat’s teeth and lion’s teeth the same or different?
Domestic cats (Felis catus) and wild lions (Panthera leo) are both carnivorous felines – meat eating cats, or felids.
The type of teeth structure that they have is called their dentition.
Domestic cats and wild lions both have 30 teeth. Humans have 32 teeth.
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What are Africa’s ‘Big Five’ animals?
Africa’s Big Five animals were originally the five animals that big-game hunters believed were the most difficult to hunt on foot. Nowadays, the five animals are the animals that tourists want to see and photograph. They are all land mammals.
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Lions are the only cats that have a tufted tail.
A tuft is a clump of hair at the end of the tail.
Both male and female lions have a tuft on the end of their tail.
In most lions, the tuft hides a hard spur (bony growth), separate from the last vertebra of the tail.
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How do the cheetah, leopard, and lion hunt?
The cheetah and the leopard are lone hunters.
The lion hunts in a group.
The cheetah hunts during the day.
The leopard and the lion hunt mainly at night.
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The Masai Lion (Panthera leo melanochaita) is the second largest feline (cat) species, after the tiger. The Masai Lion is found in East Africa, mainly in Kenya, so they are also called East African Lions.
Male lions can grow to 2.5-3 metres (8-10 feet) long (including their tail). Female lions, called lionesses, are smaller, with no mane.
A group of lions is called a pride.
Prides of 2-40 individuals are made up of related females and one to two males. Members of the pride come and go and are rarely all together at once.
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