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This lioness was sound asleep at the Toronto Zoo, obviously taking her afternoon "Cat Nap!"
(see those pesty flies on her nose?!)

The lion is powerfully built, with a broad head, thick, strong legs and a tail tipped with a tuft of black hair. The body is very muscular with less bone mass than any other animal of comparable size. Both sexes have large amber eyes, their eyes being the biggest of any meat-eating animal. A lion has 30 teeth. Four large pointed teeth called canines, are used to hold its prey, kill it and tear it apart. Lions have no teeth suitable for chewing, therefore they will swallow their food in chunks.

Lions are losing their natural habitat due to the expansion of human activity (primarily agriculture) and human settlement. Lions are also hunted for sport and persecuted as a predator where they come into conflict with domestic cattle herds. This is why they are such a vulnerable species.

**Post Pro- only sharpening.

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