I keep having to remind myself that it’s the lionesses that do the hunting and killing and get their faces soaked in blood I mean is there a more badass animal
the king of the jungle
in the second it’s like ‘maybe if I look away she’ll stop yelling at me’
I TOLD YO BITCH ASS TO PICK UP THE CUBS
Pop culture ideas about lion social behaviour are actually pretty warped due to projecting human gender roles onto them.
Among African lions, for exampe, the male typically stays home and watches the cubs while the females are out hunting. At the conclusion of a successful hunt, it’s likewise the male who’s responsible for portioning out meat to the cubs (females rarely share their kills with cubs unless the male intervenes). Apart from these situations, males spend most of their time patrolling the borders of the pride’s territory to fend off competing predators, and have little influence in the pride’s day-to-day social organisation.
While in most popular depictions, the male lion “keeps” the pride to serve as his personal harem, it would be more accurate to state that the pride “keeps” the male as a combination bouncer and breeding stud.