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