If you say, “Lions are lazy,” i’ll add, “i have proof.” But one more word against them and you will hear me roar in anger. Very often I hear people saying, “Lions don’t look good.” I tell them, “You haven’t seen them at the correct time of the year. If you see them under the April sun obviously they will look no better than you would after a marathon in Mumbai’s October heat.”
Do you expect them to tidy up, comb their mane and sit all prim and proper for you? They are wild animals for God’s sake! Not your fairness cream stereotypes. Stop making a beauty pageants of your jungle experiences, they are supposed to be wild and varied.
We have gotten too used to the tiger’s chocolate boy looks to appreciate the ragamuffin lions. It’s like comparing Arnold Schwarzenegger to Sylvester Stallone. The former’s clear, sharp, sparkling eyes often wins over the other’s droopy, deep, expressive ones.
For the benefit of those who do not know, the Asiatic Lion is only found in the Gir forest of Gujarat. The other place to house wild lions is Africa, which is home to the African Lions. Tigers are conspicuously absent from forests that house lions. Loosely indicating that both are top cats in their respective ecosystems. Making both equally important and forever removing the need to prioritise one over the other.