The Lion (Panthera leo) is a subspecies of the cats. Unlike other cats, it lives in packs, is easily recognizable by the male’s mane, and is now found in Africa and some areas of Asia.
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real lions[ edit ]
After the tiger, the lion is the second largest cat, making it the largest land predator in Africa. The largest lions live in southern Africa, the smallest in Asia. In the Asiatic lion, the mane is less pronounced than in the African lion. Today, its distribution is largely limited to sub-Saharan Africa. North of the Sahara, the species became extinct in the 1940s, as did Asian lion populations during the 20th century. Century almost completely destroyed. However, a small remnant population has survived in the Gir National Park in Gujarat (India).
Lions usually hunt in the dark or in the cool morning hours. The strategy of the lion is to sneak up on people. The lionesses circle the prey and creep up on it, crouched, often for several hundred yards, taking advantage of every bit of cover. They also hunt each other’s prey in the process. The closer they get to prey, the more attention is paid to cover. Is a distance of ca. 30 m reached, the prey will be jumped by the lioness with several sets. Each jump is about 6 m long. Prey is killed by a throat or neck bite.
The males participate in the hunt only in exceptional cases, for example when it comes to large prey animals. Your main task is to defend the pack. After hunting success, ranking comes into play; the male gets to eat first, followed by the highest ranking females, and the young last.
In Karl May[ edit ]
In two of Karl May’s stories, the lion hunter is not the first-person narrator or Kara Ben Nemsi, but one or more other novel characters:
In the short story Ibn el ‘amm describes a lion attack, in which the attacked Arabs kill the predator themselves:
Saba-Bey is the lion. The inhabitants of those regions are afraid to say the name of the lion aloud. He thinks the animal hears it and is summoned by it. [. ] Suddenly there sounded that deep roar, which begins as a rattle, quickly swells to terrible strength and then loses itself in a thunder-like roll – the roar of a lion. The Arab calls it wheel, d. i. thunder, and refers to the lion as the "lord of the earthquake".
Ibn el ‘amm ("cousin on the father’s side") is one of the envelope names that the superstitious Arabs like to give to the lion, so as not to attract him by saying the word lion. Other names are "Lord with the fat head" ("Cousin on the father’s side") and "master of the earthquake (Sihdi el salssali).
In the novel The slave caravan The lion slayer is the German explorer Emil Schwarz. He kills a lion and a lioness at the Bahr el abiad (lion well) and catch the cub alive to send it to Europe.
In other works, where lions appear, the hunting of them always serves them as a proof of courage for Kara Ben Nemsi. Very often he can also free himself from a captivity.
- Through the desert
- In the land of the Mahdi II
- The Gum
- Among Stranglers/The Gum (GR)/The Desert Raiders
- Sheba et Thar
Also in the poem There lies the Moor under palms May deals with the thunder-like roar of the lions.