Is the lion the King of Animals?

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Is the lion the King of Animals?

  • 1) Physical Superiority of the Tiger
  • 2) A False Belief?
  • 3) A question of culture
  • 4) The History of the Territories
  • 5) The Tiger, one of the biggest predators
  • 6) Final result

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As our team is of course big Lions supporters, we could tell you that the lion is THE king and that no animal can match him. However, this would be a lie because against popular belief the lion is not the most powerful animal. The criteria for defining what the "King of Animals" is are quite subjective and specific to everyone.

statue of a lion cloud

The lion's symbol is very powerful, he is most probably the king of animals in terms of presence and symbolism. He takes the name of king of animals for his mane in the image of a crown, social family life, aggressiveness and careless courage. However, he is not the king in terms of size, strength and intelligence to our great dismay.

1) Physical Superiority of the Tiger
If we base the king of animals on physical superiority, most people think that the tiger is the king of animals because it has all the qualities of a perfect predator.

Beauty
Colossal size
Unmatched power and strength
Discretion
Agility
Flexible and easy to maneuver limbs
Can Climb
Can Swim
Amazing senses of sight, smell and hearing
A skillful and intelligent fighter
Intelligent
Deadly
Powerful jaws
Claws and long teeth
A great hunter
Roaring tiger

2) A False Belief?
Contrary to what one might think, the modern lion does not live in forests (except in and around the Girnâr and Sasan Gir ranges, 3 other mixed protected environments of savannah and dry tropical forest) or in the jungle (except the Congolese jungle part of Central Africa). But once extended to Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, deciduous and savannah forests contained 7 to 8 species of lions in prehistoric times, and nowadays it lives in the dry, hot and humid sub-Saharan savannah, in open grasslands, undergrowth in Africa and in the wildlife sanctuary.

In the West the lion is seen as the "King of the jungle" thanks to its majestic appearance as well as its mane which gives it a more imposing aspect than reality (within the evolution the mane developed to intimidate the enemies, to attract the opposite sex but not for the fight. Protection has become an evolving advantage giving some protection in territorial combat). The lion evolved by about 1m20 during its adaptation with its head still high in order to monitor its prey always in a process of natural selection and survival.

The definition of a human King does not really apply to animals because in the battle between a tiger and a lion, we all know that the lion would not be able to compete.

If the lion became the king in the West, it could be explained by the fact that the West did not know much about tigers in the past because they dominated mainly Africa and Asia. In addition, many channels prefer lions documentaries to tigers. This may be due to the dense forest habitat of tigers.

woman riding on a tiger

3) A question of culture
In Asia, almost the entire population does not know that the lion is called the "King of the Jungle" because in their culture and religion, the tiger is considered as the king. This phenomenon is clearly explained by the symbol "王" on the tiger's head, which means "king" in Chinese. The largest cat weighing nearly 400 kg and its extinct ancestor the Ngandong tiger, is the largest cat in the world to have lived, weighing 450 to 500 kg more than the sword-toothed feline Smilidon.

The tiger is very dangerous for humans due to its murderous behaviour. Its beauty is a curse because trophy hunting is spread for its meat, skin, bones and other things, which unfortunately leads them to extinction. It is good to know that the horn of a rhino and the tusks of an elephant are not worth as much as the skin of a tiger. This shows the enormous impact on Asian culture.

Tiger culture

4) The History of the Territories
In ancient times, the first lions occupied Asia to the Indian peninsula in its entirety, including Sri Lanka and West Bengal. Following their extinction, Asian lions developed and colonized most of North India, reaching as far south as the Narmada River, from West Bengal in the west 25,000 to 20,000 years ago.

However, tigers arrived in India about 20,000 to 12,000 years ago after the Asian lions arrived. At that time, they coexisted, but the royal Bengal tigers dominated the lions and all of India and settled in arid regions just like western India where small populations of tigers lived only because they did not like living in an arid climate that preferred a more humid and wooded climate. As a result, they have left the arid areas allowing lions to thrive in regions with low tiger densities.

In the days of British India, the British and kings hunted tigers, lions and animals for pride, pleasure, royalty and trophy. Unlike that, Jim Corbett was a grown-up who killed more than 300 tigers and many leopards, but it was not done for pleasure, this one was precisely against animal hunting. Jim killed these animals because some elderly, wounded or sick felines began to rely on easy prey such as humans and domesticated cattle, as hunting their natural prey became difficult. This leads to many consequences because these animals develop a taste for human flesh or meat and then become human eaters.

At that time, the population and the government asked him for help because it is difficult for police and shoemakers to follow and kill these man-eaters, due to increased cunning. This work requires a great deal of experience and is remunerated accordingly. Jim grew up in the forest and knew the area inside out. He saved the people from the feline who ate the men wandering in the jungle for months with his double-barrelled rifle and a notebook to write down his many experiences. He hunted and hunted these man-eaters including tigers and leopards. However, it did not take money from the government or people as a result of resolving such threats. It has implemented many awareness programs to avoid killing animals that are not a threat to humans. He wrote his many experiences in his book on tigers.

Europe map with point

5) The Tiger, one of the biggest predators
The Tiger shows many qualities in the face of the lion, its agility, size, strength, endurance, power, intelligence, cunning nature, long and majestic fearless gaze, royalty, dominant behaviour, heavy weight. He is 1m20 high as high as the lion itself sometimes even more than the lion, he has the ability to stand perpendicularly on 2 legs with 2 legs equipped with 10 cm claws, his fangs / teeth are highly effective, his camouflage is ideal. It is also one of the top 20 largest animal bite forces in the world, measured in PSI.

In addition, its ferocity, aggressiveness, speed, hunting and fighting techniques, ability to swim long distances up to 40 km and good climbing skills even though the largest cats are unmatched in big cats or most other predators. The tiger is powerful enough to kill a prey up to 5 to 10 times its weight (prey: from small rodents, birds, monkeys, fish to elephants, sometimes adults (when they starve to death), all types of bears such as black bears, polar bears, brown and lazy bears, crocodiles such as maggar and salt water crocodiles, wild boars, cattle like water buffalo, the largest cattle Gaur, Rhinos, wild boar, leopards, leopard, striped hyena, Indian wolf, fox, jackal, turtle, turtle, snake like python, ungulates like deer and antelopes, to simplify, everything that moves.)

a tiger and his little one


Unlike other big cats, he kills or hunts everything that moves before his eyes and does not become sympathetic even if he is not hungry. If a tiger wanders through the jungle, all the animals are afraid. Animals such as Hanuman Langoor, macaque, white-tailed deer, white-tailed deer, peacock, dear spotted deer, birds etc., make distress calls/alerts to alert other animals. Even if an elephant catches or smells a tiger on its way nearby or hears a roar, it becomes crazy and runs or changes direction to avoid a direct confrontation.

This technique is used by farmers to hunt elephants that are harmful to crops by playing tiger sounds with speakers. It is a killing and fighting machine. Tigers, male or female, spent most of their time fighting for territory, searching for prey, hunting, wandering, marking the territory and sleeping for a short time. As they are solitary animals, they are not even naked if their own siblings or adult parents enter their territory. He is not afraid of anything except when he is confronted with a pack of animals. It is the most anxious, intelligent, curious cat of all and an expert in most escapes from captive enclosures with its clever and intelligent nature inventing new thoughts to escape captive enclosures. He is an intrepid fighter and a determined hunter. Tigers participate more often in territorial battles than lions and in most cases, one of them ends up dead, in the rest of the cases, they intimidate and intimidate each other.

Group hunting is necessary for weaker animals such as African lions to attack the largest game in Africa where the Asian lion living in grasslands and dry tropical hardwood forests has adapted a different social structure. Such as smaller groups with only separate living females and territorial males except during the breeding season with less intensive and more individual and solitary hunting, weak paternal care instincts and submissive nature unlike other African hunters. The tiger never gets the carrion back, although it is opportunistic, except when it is sick, hungry, weak, wounded or old. They hunt, kill and eat fresh prey on their own and attack their game alone.

However, extremely rarely in groups of up to 3-4 individuals in cases such as the mother with her almost mature young and rare coalitions in some Indian, South African and Chinese nature reserves. Despite the size of its prey such as rhinos and elephants, it hunts alone with its large legs, claws, bones and muscles stronger and denser, its high biting strength, its canines that are the longest of the large cats, its tall, long and enormous body, its coolness and its majestic and frightening roar, which gives it the strongest status among the predators on the planet, making it one of the largest and most formidable animals of all.

6) Final result
We have seen that the lion is an emblem in the Western world and that its stature, its presence, its mane gives it the status of king. However, if we want to be as impartial as possible, we are forced to realize that the tiger wins the sure fight from our many points, whether physically, by deception or by its unfailing determination.


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