The Lion - King of the Jungle - A Lion's Roar

King of the Jungle
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King of the Jungle

We've all heard that the lion is the king of the jungle; and, he always looks impressive as he is stalks to and fro. Adjectives used to describe this powerful beast are impressive, dominating and proud. These self-same adjectives could be used to describe many kings.

Perception of a Lion's Roar

Stop a moment . . . and imagine a lion’s roar. Would you use the adjectives powerful, impressive and maybe a little bit scary to describe the feelings invoked by the roar? It is, in fact, so powerful and impressive that it can be heard up to five miles away!


This is a Lion's Roar!

The MGM lion on TV ... Now that is a lion’s roar.

Those roars sounded impressive and powerful. And, they're not something you would want to come face to face with, is it?


The Lion's Roar

Unless we clicked on one of the other MGM lion videos in YouTube, generally the lions recorded do not sound like this at all. The other videos remind me of . . . well, let’s listen to them and you decide what they remind you of before I give you my two cents.

We'll listen first to the savanna lion and then the white lion. Although they sound very similar, they are still unique, and I believe much more wimpy than the roar of the MGM lion.


Now you tell me - is that what you thought a lion's roar would sound like? I know if you live in a country where lions are native and run wild, you would probably indicate that that is how you knew a lion's roar sounded. But the only lions I have ever seen are in captivity; and they have been quiet and subdued.

So what did the lion's roar remind you of? Have you had time to consider your answer?

Was the lion's roar depicted in the YouTube's video surprising?

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This lion appears to be surveying his kingdom.
This lion appears to be surveying his kingdom. | Source


Now that you have had time to think about it . . . what did you think it sounded like?

I thought it sounded like a cross between a dog's bark, a water buffalo and a cat trying to throw up a hair ball! What do you think? Is that close? I am anxious to hear what you thought the lion's roar sounded like.

Someone left a comment on one of the YouTube videos above stating that the lion sounded like Chewbacca from Star Wars' fame. I can hear the resemblance, and Chewbacca's sound effects were a compilation of many animals including the lion.


Lion Cub's Roar

Knowing what the adult lion sounds like, do you have any idea how a lion cub's roar would sound? Get ready to smile, because it is so darn cute!



Is the lion cub's roar anything like you thought it would be? It certainly wasn't for me! I don't even know how to describe it. It almost reminded me of a bird.

In domestic cats, the kitten's mew seems to be similar but slightly higher pitched that the adult. But the lion is another story! And it is interesting to note the hesitation of noise coming from the cub after it has opened its mouth to produce the roar.

The Lion's Roars and Other Vocalizations

I found out upon further investigation that a lion actually has many different vocalizations and different types of roars.

To view a video where Gary Wilson of American's Teaching Zoo discusses the different kinds of lion's roars, click here.

To view a video where Mr. Wilson talks about the ways that lions communicate, click here.


More About the Lion's Roar

There are only four cats that can roar and have been assigned to their own genus, Pahthera: the leopard, tiger, lion and jaguar. The roar is believed to be used as a method of letting other lions know where they are located - both to friend and foe. I found it amazing also, that the force of a lion’s roar can cause a dust cloud. That is some force! Surely one to be reckoned with!

The reason that other cats cannot roar is because they have a one-piece hyoid bone. The cats that roar have a two-piece hyoid bone.


Below is a much more modern version of the MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) lion.

The Modern MGM Lion's Roar

Which do you like better?

  • The old MGM lion?
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The Lion Sleeps Tonight
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Enjoy this video where The Tokens perform The Lion Sleeps Tonight! I love this song!

Pictures of the King of the Jungle

Click here to take a photo journey and admire this wondrous creature we call the lion, the king of the jungle.


Do you think private citizens should have the right to own a lion?

  • Absolutely, they should have the right.
  • Yes, if they have raised the cub from birth.
  • Yes, they should have the right, but it is unwise.
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Comments: "The Lion - King of the Jungle - A Lion's Roar" 39 comments

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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hello homesteadbound! This is another awesome Hub you have created. I liked the video with the cat that sounded like a puppy. It's funny how she hadn't developed her roar quite yet. You have certainly found your "Roar" on HubPages and I have seen a lot of great chatter about you lately. You had a great start on HubPages and I wish you a Happy and Successful New Year! Voted as always...

JSMatthew~


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

J.S. Matthews - Thank you so much! I appreciate you taking time from your busy schedule to read my hub.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

This is a wonderful and beautifully done hub! I love lions and the Original MGM lions roar has excited me from the time I was a little girl. It signaled "entertainment" to me. A very unique subject to write a hub about. I'm impressed! Voted up and across.

vocalcoach~


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

vocalcoach - I am glad you enjoyed it. I wasn't sure about it, but the lion's and cub's roar were so different than I expected. I just couldn't resist.


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DonnaCosmato 4 years ago from USA

Great and entertaining hub, Cindy! I really liked the sleek look of the new MGM lion but the roar was just lame compared to the classic. It's a shame they did not merge the two to create one awesome update. Voted up.


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

An interesting hub HTB! I am sure that much holliwood does is not purely found in nature...but I'd be willing to bet if you were alone on an African plain and heard either type of roar...... lol.... voted up and interesting.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I loved it.. especially the cub roar. Well done and full of good stuff. A great read!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

DonnaCosmato - I agree the roar was not as good, but I too enjoyed the graphics. You would think they could blend the two together, but maybe they never polled their audience!

davenmidtown - Now that I know it's a lion, you are probably right, if I heard it on the African plain... But prior to this, I am not sure that I would have know it was a lion. As many nature shows as I have watched, I'm not sure why it never registered before. But I think I have it now, and a lion's roar, no matter how wimpy should instill fear...

tammyswallow - I really liked the cub roar - if you can call it that - also. It was just so cute! I am pleased that you enjoyed it!

Thanks to all of you for stopping by!


Indigital 4 years ago

Isn't a lion's roar fericious when its under threat? I know my cat has many different meows, to show what mood she is in - do lion's not follow that principle?


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Indigital, that is such a good question.

When I tried to find an answer to your question, I did find some other interesting information. The leopard, tiger, lion and jaguar are reported as being the only cats that can roar and have been assigned to their own genus, Pahthera. I questioned this in my mind thinking, “What about the mountain lion?” So I looked it up, and it said that a mountain lion “screams.”

The articles also said other interesting things about lion’s roars. The roar is believed to be used as a method of letting other lions know where they are. I found it amazing also, that the force of a lion’s roar can cause a dust cloud. That is some force! Surely on to be reckoned with.

Thanks for stopping by and asking such an interesting question.


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

I have always felt that the more powerful roars were issued as a last warning before fighting broke out. Lions and other larger cats must fight for a harem or to keep one. young male lions roam as individuals and not as a pride and the same is true of older males who have been displaced by a younger male lion as head of a pride. Prides also force certain younger female lions to leave and they wonder until they find a male to take them in... or vice versa... Because of territorial issues the lion develops a bark type language that serves as a very complex way of communicating with their pride (which may be spread out hunting) or with neighboring prides and solo individuals (females) who may be nearby. The way that lions roar and bark are also a way of mapping territory so that rogue males stay clear as they wonder about the plains. Hope this helps.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

davenmidtown - I too believe the roar is used when it is being attacked or feels the need to attack, but I could find no definite answer to verify this. It is interesting to find different authors claiming lions have 3 and 4 different roars, but did not go into any detail of when the different roars were used or how they differs from one another. Thanks so much for sharing this information.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Neat hub. I love cats of all sizes-such magnificent creatures. The original Mr. MGM's roar can't be beat! Those next two lions just sound old and tired to me. The cub is delightful, needless to say. The modern MGM is full of interesting visual effect and music, but the roar, well, too bad they changed it. Thanks for sharing this. :)


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A beautiful hub which just has to be awarded an up up and away.

I also bookmark into one of my favourites.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

RTalloni - I love cats also, and one is warming my lap right now. I agree that the old MGM roar is much better, and I do like the visual effects of the new one. And I found the roar of the cub to be precious.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Eddy - I am honored that you found this hub to be one of your favorites.I do love those kitties - big and small!

thank you so much!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

This was a very enjoyable hub Homesteadbound. I also enjoyed all the different videos and useful information. Hope you have a great New Year and take care.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

thelyricwriter - I am pleased that you enjoyed it! Here's hoping you have a wonderful new year also.


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rLcasaLme 4 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The hub kept me captivated from beginning to end. I've always been fascinated with these charismatic gorgeous cats. The roars of the non-MGM lions showed in youtube was something I do not expect to hear. They're still scary though. The cub is really cute.

I really enjoyed this!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

rLcasaLme - I am pleased to hear that this piece held your attention. A lion's roar could certainly be scary no matter what it sounds like, and you don't even have to be very close to hear it! Five miles is a long way for sound to travel! I thought the cub was cute also.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your comments!


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi homestead

A very enjoyable hub.

The lion club is adorable. He certainly doesn't sound ferocious. lol

Voted up and away.

Enjoy your day.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Sueswan - you are right! The cub did not sound ferocious! He sounded so cute that I couldn't help but smile. Thanks for the votes and for stopping by.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

I could literally spend all day long watching youtube vids about wildlife.

Lions are absolutely TERRIFYING to me - Lions and Bears...they just scare me.

Thanks for this - it was an enjoyable web page for me!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Wesman Todd Shaw - I love to watch videos about animals also, but this would also include domestic animals as well as wildlife. I try to include videos with all of my animal hubs.

I guess tigers would be terrifying for you as well as the lions and bears. I think the Wizard of Oz had it right, "Lions, and tigers, and bears. Oh my!"

I am pleased tha you enjoyed it.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Hi Cindy,

A wonderful topic to hub on. It is a debating topic on what a lion's roar sounds like.

I find it very majestic and scary. Can't really relate to which animal though.

Voted up as interesting! Keep it coming!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Ruchira - I am glad you stopped by. I am also pleased that you enjoyed the hub. The lion's roar is a very interesting sound. But I fell in love with the little cub and it trying to roar! Thanks for the votes.


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Cindy...

Wow. I listened to all the videos first (and then re-booted because my computer sucks) and I am here with some thoughts. As I listened to them...Truman was laying on the couch...he raised his head for all the adult lions...he jumped off the couch and went looking for the baby one...convinced it was in the kitchen. (Yeah...I dunno)

They are truly beautiful animals...tho I'm glad they ain't just roaming around I guess. That would be weird.

Thanks for a great read!

Thomas

PS...I actually thought it sounded like a Water Buffalo throwing up a cat that was holding a hairball that was watching a dog bark. Very, very similar though...


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Oh, Thomas! Your comment had me laughing out loud! I had to listen to the baby cub again, and although the dogs looked my way, none headed for the kitchen. I must just be Truman ...

They really are gorgeous. I'm glad you enjoyed the read, and we were hearing the same sounds coming out of those lion's mouths!!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Those first two videos were not quite what I was expecting! LOL However, 5 miles is an impressive shout.

Thanks for SHARING.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Brett - You are right - 5 miles is a pretty impressive distance from which to hear a lion's roar. The videos were surprising, but my favorite is still of the cub learning how to roar! Oh my goodness!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Living in lion country, though seeing them only in game reserves and zoos, I am quite familiar with their roars. I would describe it as impressive, majestic and masculine...

The well known "The Lion Sleep Tonight" was originally a Zulu song called Mbube (lion). According to folklore the song was sang when Shaka kaSenzangakhona, the most influential king of the Zulu's, had died on 22 September 1828 at the age of forty-one. (He had been assassinated by his half-brothers Dingana and Mhlangana.)


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

MartieCoetser - How cool is that? Living in living country ...

Thanks so much for the history of that song ... it means so much more now, but I do really love that song.

Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting.


chrisma 4 years ago

Okay this was great read, but to my opinion, I think if the lion were under aggression, they would sound much stronger and aggressively.:)!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

chrisma - I would think so also. I looked for videos that exhibited the more ferocious roar but was unable to locate any! Thanks so much for your comment!


femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

HSB,

Loved this!!!

So far, my fav roar still comes from a Tiger. :) But, the little one in the mix he (or she) was making impressive effort!

I've heard that cats that roar can emit low frequency sound waves with their roars, that has a detrimental physical effect on their prey, causing anxiety and confusion.

I haven't investigated further to find out if what I heard is correct, but makes sense if it is.

Very cool hub!!

femme


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

femmeflashpoint - I love all cats big and small, tame and wild. I like their independence and their grace.

I like the concept of the low frequency sound waves causing a physical effect. Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention.


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silverstararrow 4 years ago from India

A thoroughly entertaining and informative hub. I've always loved watching NatGeo and Discovery for the sole reason that they have so many shows about lions.

The best of the lot though was the cub mewl. Can't imagine how this matures in time to THE roar. :)


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

silverstararrow - It is amazing that the cub mew grows to become such a magnificent roar. But I just love it because it is so very adorable. I am pleased that you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for stopping by!


hannah 3 years ago

the MGM roar isn't a lion it's a tiger

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