Their smelling power and sense is so incredible that it is impossible to fool them. Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 04, 2012: Lions are majestic animals,wonderfully showcased in your hub. Such behaviour is common, because lions will consume whatever food they have, eating as much as 75Ibs in one sitting. I love lions!!!! James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on June 04, 2012: Wonderful hub, thanks for sharing, voted up :). Yesterday, three lions were released into Mountain Zebra National Park in the Eastern Cape. I've seen it time after time but I still watch it. Ask yourself, why are domestic cats – that we have interfered with – breeding uncontrollably but the Lions in the wild are almost endangered? Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on June 05, 2012: Very very interesting and engrossing hub my friend.. LetitiaFT from Paris via California on June 05, 2012: This is so interesting. I enjoyed this one! This is due to the fact that at certain times of the year, the scent of lions is detectable by other wildlife throughout much of the region, particularly near any water sources. Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on June 05, 2012: Very interesting hub. James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on September 06, 2012: James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on June 18, 2012: Thank you very much Christy, glad you liked it :). They do though, also have a fondness for warthogs and have been to know lie in wait outside their burrows for hours on end. There are intelligent zebras, for sure. The zebra suddenly realized he was being chased and began running faster. There have also been examples of lions utilising their sense of smell to aid in the hunting process. So, personally, I think Lions eating Zebras is not nice, of course, it isn’t, but they don’t have the same choices we humans have. Lions have to hunt for their food, unless, of course, they are imprisoned in a zoo. What do vegans think about it? Find the perfect Lions Hunting Zebra stock photos and editorial news pictures from Getty Images. In the process though, they do sometimes give themselves away inadvertently. Thanks for that James. They do though, also have a fondness for warthogs and have been to know lie in wait outside their burrows for hours on end. They live in herds and can be as old as 20-30 when they die. Leopards, for example often stash their kills in a tree while tigers will remain in the vicinity of their kill until it’s fully eaten. They have a fighting chance and just because a Lion marks a Zebra for their meal, doesn’t mean the Lion will be successful. Indeed, many lions injure themselves when they try to control bigger animals. Yesterday, three lions were released into Mountain Zebra National Park in the Eastern Cape. Your email address will not be published. The zebra’s stripes arise from melanocytes (specialized skin cells) that selectively determine the pigmentation of the animal’s fur. So I will write up a series of blog posts – one for each question – over the next week. If they are lucky enough to enjoy a really big meal, then normally they will dedicate the next twenty four hours for rest. They also target other large animals such as buffaloes and giraffes, though they do so with great difficulty and with enormous risk to their own lives. After that, the lion gorges on the rest, working forward from the hindquarters. This is not ‘Un-Vegan’ in any way. I really enjoyed putting this one together, so I'm glad I've gotten such a great response. Select from premium Lions Hunting Zebra of the highest quality. Similarly, if the landscape is illuminated by bright moonlight, then they’ll wait until it’s obscured before attempting any sort of hunt. A lion is the only natural predator of elephants that have enough power to kill such a large animal. The lion noticed a zebra to his left that seemed closer than the rest, and launched himself in that direction. Male lions will eat an average of 7kgs of food a day and lionesses 4.5kgs. Don't dream your life, Live your dream! More than anything, lions rely on their sight to help them with hunting. I do not believe we should try to change the Lions behaviour in the wild. But usually, most stalking by lions is done just after sunset, or during the middle of the night, several hours before dawn. Voted up! I always enjoy your animal hubs. Lions Like Zebra. Sent me on a 3 hour trip through YouTube watching other lion vids lol. This male lion was spotted just before sunrise with a recent zebra kill. By our standards, lions are fast. I love the big cats! Lions and zebras have a predator prey relatiuonship. The lion is stronger, wittier and usually hungrier. From big to small, they hardly vary. Thanks for writing this important hub exploring his hunting tactics. It is very difficult to fool animals. Of course, if they threaten us we have to stop them. However, if a lion is hungry enough and cannot find its preferred food it’ll resort to eating whatever it can find, including fish. As well as having a plentiful supply of prey, there are other factors that help to make up for some of the lion’s hunting deficiencies. Dad, Husband, Animal Activist, Author, Artist & YouTuber. Is it possible and practicable for a Lion to not eat other animals in the wild? For example the lion is the predator obviously because it is the top of the food chain and the zebra is the prey because it get eaten. Quite simply, Lions don’t have a choice. Lions (male and female) are afraid of large mammals like giraffes, hippos and elephants, but they are also afraid of their day-to-day prey. Domestic cats are a result of humans intervening and taking animals from the wild for their own purposes. The zebra can reach a speed of 68.4 km/h (42.5 mph) compared to 57.6 km/h (35.8 mph) for the lion, but maximum acceleration is respectively 18 km/h (11 mph) and 34.2 km/h (21.3 mph). It may be a surprise to discover there are actually quite a few animals that kill lions on a fairly regular basis. This would equate to 450,000 animals being killed by the entire Lion population in one year. I hear people constantly banging on about how they've just purchased a dog from a so called fancy breeder. Cats are amazing creatures. Your email address will not be published. Humans have also had to do awful things to survive. Compare the Zebra’s experience to a Cows experience. Do Lions Eat Elephants. This is very well written and shows the regalness of the lions. The zebra is faster and perhaps shrewder and, it’s safe to assume, probably wants to win the fight more. However, despite these obvious inefficiencies, prey is so plentiful in most of their range, that these shortcomings are almost irrelevant. This is very great information, thank you for sharing. Lions primarily hunt hoofed animals, such as zebras and wildebeest, so they have developed loose skin on their bellies that protects them from the frantic kicks of their prey. A pair of nomadic males has set their sights on his females. Thank you for reading. gggggggggggftfttttttttt on October 30, 2017: Zaton-Taran from California on June 26, 2017: Truly he is the King of Beasts. I didn't really come across any references to the males hunting exclusively at night, but it makes sense given what I said earlier. These two guys tried to fool the animals but fail miserably when a pride of lions attacked them. Thanks again. Interesting and informative. I believe we should leave them alone, leave them in the wild and not keep them imprisoned in zoos. Dr Funom Makama from Europe on June 15, 2012: James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on June 06, 2012: Thanks Sunshine, appreciate the visit. It is definitely a never ending war for survival when it comes to this stuff. As the lion closed in on the zebra, the other zebras ran off in the other direction. Thank you Rahul and Sgbrown, really appreciate you popping by. In Eastern and Central Africa, the great herds of herbivores vastly outnumber the lion prides. The cow is fattened up with food they would never eat in the wild, injected with supplements of B12, antibiotics, and hormones. Listen to Lions Like Zebra | SoundCloud is an audio platform that lets you listen to what you love and share the sounds you create.. 2 Tracks. Mice, lizards, tortoises, warthogs, antelopes and even crocodiles also form part of a lion's diet. They just have to, they have no choice and no alternative. Another, or to put it more accurately the most important reason that lions are able to find enough food is that they usually do their hunting cooperatively. Cooperative hunting also makes up for another significant problem that lions have in comparison with other predators, their lack of speed. We destroy whole habitats, wipe out entire species, and even hunt those same Zebras for nothing more than sport and entertainment. The impact Lions have on the Zebra population is nothing compared to the behaviour of humans. It’s not uncommon after such an encounter for an injured lion to be unable to partake in any future hunts. Humans raise the cow, book in the date and time of slaughter months ahead. Then food is given to them by the humans and I highly doubt Zebra meat is on the menu every day. Look at cane toads in Australia as a perfect example. If you can add to the posts, please comment in the section below or on our social media. Can vegans change that? James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on June 16, 2012: Thank you Doctor, and thanks for the follow too, much appreciated. They don’t eat every day, although they have often been observed hunting on days they don’t eat. By the fifth day though, the hunting itch starts to return, they begin to walk around and resume observing the masses of herbivores dotted across the landscape. Both are capable of eating up to 15% of their body weight during just one meal. We took in a stray cat at work and she was the best cat you could ever hope for. Everything about them represent power, beauty, passion, love, strength, unity, family, they can be vulgar but also caring for their victim, almost every video I seen of lions taking down a prey, they kill their prey before eating it! Asking these questions is interesting but nowhere near as important as asking real questions that impact our future and very survival as a species. That is so fascinatingly weird. Their favourites are wildebeest, zebras, antelopes, gazelles and waterbuck. Thank you very much. United Kingdom on June 04, 2012: Great animals and a great article too. But this old general doesn't plan to surrender. Zebras must be constantly wary of lions and hyenas. Way too many, of course, but hey, they were strays and who can resist? People in Zebra suit attacked by Lions. So it would be utterly impractical for the herbivores to avoid these areas just through picking up the lions scent. Check out our zebra and lions selection for the very best in unique or custom, handmade pieces from our shops. This question highlights one of the many problems of our human race. No, it isn’t. For this lion, it's just a matter of time. We always want to change other animals and manipulate them and their environment. Worth Sharing Videos. In summary, I think they have no alternative and no choice. Stream Tracks and Playlists from Lions Like Zebra on your desktop or mobile device. The zebra is faster and perhaps shrewder and, it’s safe to assume, probably wants to win the fight more. By working in groups they are able to tackle prey that would otherwise prove too fast or elusive for them. Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on June 18, 2012: Well-researched and put together. Every time a hunt takes place, their prey animals are going to try their best to resist. Thanks for sharing. Lions are incredibly fast so he catches up, leaping on the zebra's back. Yes, lions do eat zebra and it is the main predator of zebra. this helped me soooooo much with my lions project!!! Cats are obligate carnivores, true, but it is specific nutrients they need, not ingredients. I believe we should stop interfering with all the wild animals and stop destroying their natural habitats. As well as there are stupid lions. Refer back to the definition of Veganism. They live in herds and can be as old as 20-30 when they die. And the lion ended up being rewarded with a massive kick to the face. The lion enters a strip at the closest point to one of the zebras, and then chases the zebra vertically at a very very slight diagonal. Can you pleaes mack more of this pleaes. Indeed, they rarely pursue a prey item for more than 100 yards. By our standards of course, these mighty creatures are anything but slow, their top seed is around 30mph, but they can only sustain it for around a minute. Did you come across this difference in hunting schedules in your research? Lion eating zebra. If we leave animals alone, most times they will only hunt for what they need. Lions occasionally detect their prey through hearing. Zebra have a chance to defend themselves against Lions and have even been known to kill them. 4 Followers. The three are the first free-roaming lions in the area after an absence of over 130 years. Prides have also been observed gorging themselves for several hours, and then moving and doing very little for the next three or four days. 17. Hi Chris- to be honest I've never heard of lions possessing a tooth or claw in their tails, I'll have to look that one up. To understand why Vegans don’t campaign against Lions or set up a ‘Zebra Save Movement’, we have to understand the true definition of Veganism. The cats were all strays. But the brave zebra decided to fight back! I have 4 house cats myself. In fact, the number of herbivores taken by lions in Africa only represents the amount that would be lost in the region’s next drought. Thanks Letitia. Wow, Ann I admire your kind heartedness. Zebra, any of three species of strikingly black-and-white striped mammals of the horse family Equidae (genus Equus). With a maximum speed of 60 kilometres per hour, compared to a cheetah’s 97kph, they are pretty slow. But we have moved on from this level of survival and can choose to eat a plant-based diet that is delicious, healthy, bountiful, and cost effective. $\endgroup$ – Lopsy Feb 16 '15 at 17:27 You guessed it: green. I love lions. This has led to animals suffering around the world and I have had some first-hand experience of this working with Street Cats and Dogs in Cambodia. Beautiful lion hub - I couldn't help but watch all the videos. P.S. Once a lion has subdued its prey, they begin feasting; focusing initially on the animals intestines- the most nutritious part of the meal.
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