Why is the lion ‘the king of the jungle’ when a tiger can beat it hands down in a fight?
The representation of the lion as "king of the jungle" dates back to ancient times, maybe because of its royal-like appearance, or because of its status as leader of an all-female den (or whatever it is called). It might also have to do with the lions position at the top of the food chain. But although that nickname has little to do with its fighting abilities, I don't think there's a "hands down" proof that a tiger will always beat a lion.
Being less adept at fighting and more likely to sit on its throne is what likens the Lion to royalty. I think it's more likely to be case by case which animal would come out the victor.
I've never seen a lion fighting a tiger. Do you have a link to such a video?
Tigers live in Asia and lions in Africa, so they don't get to fight much. You'd have to deliberately put them together to get them to fight, which would be really mean.
The word jungle originates from the word jangala which means uncultivated land. The early Europeans understood it to represent a less civilized and unruly space outside the control of civilization.
I do not know much about this topic but I think this is because tiger is a loner whereas lion lives in a pride which he leads. Also as pointed out by thief10 lion is at the top of the food chain.
After watching the study of tigers as a part of a Animal Planet series, The deadliest creatures" I wondered why the series included many creatures, snakes, bulls, bears, crocodile and more, I found it fascinating that the focus of the cat group was on tigers and only a mere mention of lions.
Tigers upon maturing have personalities, they can be trained and are pack animals. The reason people think they can control or train them or have a pet tiger is that they feel somehow that they have a special connection with the animal and the character of those trainers who feel that, also possess a dominate and charismatic quality. Ultimately a tiger will turn on a trainer should there be an opportunity for the cat to do so. Tigers, according to the series, do not forget a wrongdoing such as being mistreated and calculate the time that they can strike back.
Lions do have as others point out, have the appearance of majesty, but I believe it lies in the nature of the lions who are part of a pride, not pack. A pride is a more sophisticated hierarchy. The distinction is within the type of community behavior and that tigers are constantly jostling for the leader position, more often than a lion. Lions also observe from above and communicate to other lions, while tigers will hide within the jungle to watch for prey. Prey or kill is not shared often. The Lion being higher suggests they are "king" as a king on his throne. The name for a more communal order of cat/beast or the name of a human who sits high to present order amongst others, a community.
And top of it I do not think you can really call the natural habitat of Lion a Jungle, they usually live in open grass fields not in forest in real sense as tigers do.
Great distinction! I don't think that necessarily a tiger would win the fight if faced with battle. I am thinking in terms of size and size of a lions jaw and overall size compared to a tiger..what do you think?
@barbat79: A tiger is not only heavier than lion but has higher muscle density. The tiger’s muscles are therefore stronger – it’s the same logic you may have to use to explain why a chimpanzee is stronger than man.
I thought it may be that glorious hair- I thought they were coined "the King" in the 80's...
Same reason the bear fears the wolf. Lions hunt in packs (the females anyway) and the pride is usually close to the males. A tiger can take one lion, even a male yes. But a pride of lions would kill a tiger just like a pack of wolves would kill a bear.
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