Today at work ( I work on a live morning news/talk show in New York City) animal handlers from Six Flags Great Adventures Theme Park and Safari brought in some animals for show and tell. One of which was a lion! Okay…a lion cub but still really scary…lol
Although the lion cub is just 12 weeks old, she weighs 30 lbs. and already has sharp teeth and claws!! But just like all babies she was so cute, irresistible, playful and curious. The low growl didn’t sound so playful though…lol
Motivated to conquer my initial fear by realizing two things 1. this is not the average day at work and 2. when else am I going to get this chance?…I chose to Carpe diem! (Seize the day)
I mustered the courage to go into the green room. It definitely smelled like the Safari in there. Then asked if I could pet the lion cub. It was the perfect opportunity since the handlers had the lion cub out of the cage so she could run around and play. Of course, I wasn’t going to get anywhere near unless the handler was also right there holding her…yes she’s a baby girl lion cub. I followed the specific instructions to pet her on the back. I was calling her “Lexi” (They haven’t named her yet. Six Flags is having a naming contest.)
It was my first time ever…even getting that close…nevermind petting a wild animal! But since lions are my favorite of all the ferocious felines…I was fascinated. The experience was terrifying and exhilarating all at the same time.
So my very up and personal encounter with a lion cub today at work got me thinking…
What’s the mane difference between male and female lions?
Did you know you can visually distinguish the genders by one mane difference.
According to AnimalPlanet.com the adult male African lion has a full mane of hair. A male lion with a long, dark mane of hair is more initimidating to rivals and more attractive to the opposite sex!
Interesting that is’s just the reverse for us humans, females have the longer hair which is highly attractive to males.