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  •  male lions are the fighters (7+ / 0-)

    I remember reading somewhere that if female lions are the pride's workforce, then male lions are something like the pride's military.  Their main job seems to be to assert the pride's claim over its territory and to protect that claim if necessary; they do this with vocalization, standoffs, and physical combat as a last resort.  Just like for many other species, "ownership" of females is strongly associated with control of territory.  A pride with few and/or weak males is going to have a smaller territory than a pride with more and/or stronger males, which means they're all going to have less food, so female lions have some incentive to put up with this arrangement.  Since a pride's territory is a function of its males, I don't know to what extent female lions will abandon a weak pride in favor of a stronger one and to what extent this would actually result in a higher standard of living.

    Never attribute to stupidity what can be adequately explained by malice; stupid people couldn't hurt us so effectively.

    by Visceral on Mon Jan 16, 2012 at 09:33:33 AM PST

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