While it’s one of my favourite films, I have to admit that I do have a couple of issues with the accuracy of the 1994 film The Lion King. It’s a classic story full of fine actors and musical numbers, but I don’t think this animated movie applies very well to real life. I’ve found that meerkats and warthogs rarely hang out together, predators and herbivores don’t get along nearly as well as depicted in the film, and I’m yet to find a lion that sounds like either Matthew Broderick or James Earl Jones.
Calling the lion “The King of the Jungle” is inaccurate on two fronts. Firstly, their real habitat is actually the open savanna in either Northwest India or Africa, not a jungle or rainforest. Secondly, not wanting to be pedantic here, but these giant cats are nowhere near as noble as depicted in the Lion King.
If you try to sing Hakuna Matata to a real lion, it will probably claw your face off and then chew on your jugular vein. You couldn’t want to pet these kitties. Yet sometimes, possibly as a result of this movie’s box office success, people forget about how scary a lion can truly be. So when one guy got a terrifying reminder of why it’s never a good idea to mess with one, it was too terrifying not to share.
For most of us living in the Western world, the only time we’ll get to see a lion in the flesh is either at the zoo or in the circus. At the Gir Forest National Park located in India’s Gujarat, however, you can come across majestic mammals in their natural habitat. One of the animals you can find at the Gir Forest National Park is the Asiatic lion, which can only be found in this specific region of India.
One man came across this magnificent creature walking around at the national park, and was so awestruck by what he saw that he started to record the lion as the lion went about his day. Driving his car right next to the fearsome mammal with the window rolled down, the gentleman made the ill-advised decision to tease the lion by parking his car right next to him. That was when he was met with a swift dose of karma.
Asiatic lions typically weigh around 300 to 500 lbs and can run at speeds close to 50 miles per hour, but the most fearsome weapon in any lion’s repertoire is its bloodcurdling roar. In this instance, it’s like the lion knows he’s being messed with, and only a small taster is needed to make this man roll up his windows in a hurry, probably driving straight home for a fresh pair of underwear.
Typically, Asiatic lions have a shorter mane than their African counterparts, but are also bigger than those you could find in a savanna. Unfortunately, the Asiatic lion is listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. It only exists as a single subpopulation, and is vulnerable to extinction from unpredictable events like a forest fire or an epidemic.
The Gir Forest National Park is the only place in the world that the Asiatic lion can call home, and the park is considered to be one of the most important protected areas in Asia. According to the 14th Asiatic Lion Census, conducted in May 2015, there are 523 Asiatic lions living in the park. If you’re lucky enough to ever visit the Gir Forest National Park, please make sure to treat the Asiatic lion with respect.
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