The Lion King vs Real Life

The Lion King vs Real Life

In this article, I explain how The Lion King cannot relate to real life lions.

In everyday Lion King debates, people often use real lion mannerisms for support in what they are trying to say.

"Lions don't act like this in real life, so it can't be true."

"Its the dominent male who mates with the lionesses. Nala must be Mufasa's cub!"


Some of the most common examples. But here, I give a very brief argument against this.


We're  talking about (cartoon) lions with human mannorisms here. If we do go by how lions actually live and act, Nala and Simba should have been killed in the first film simply for being Mufasa's cubs.


Scar should have been king for the fact that he had a darker mane than mufasa's,





and Scar wouldn't have the hyena's on his side.


Lions don't have red, green, or blue eyes.



Simba would have killed Nuka, Vitani, and kovu once he became king.


In fact, lions hump eachother to establish dominance. Do we see Mufasa trying to get it on with Scar? No, of course not.



etc. etc.


I could go on, the list is endless.


Of course, what I'm saying does have contradictions within itself. I'm not asking for people to change what you believe in because of this, all I am asking is for people to stop and consider this.


Bottom line?



Don't let what real lions do in real life effect what you believe in.



Thankyou for reading.


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November 08, 2017
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No, Yelloweyedfox. I'm sorry to say but lions can NOT have green eyes. When they're cubs, they have blue-gray eyes, but not green. The only types of lions to have green eyes are white lions, but even then they still have a gray tint to them.

From the article I read, "They have pigment visible in the eyes (which may be the normal hazel or golden color, blue-gray, or green-gray), paw pads and lips. Blue-eyed white lions exist and may be selectively bred"

This is ONLY for white lions, which aren't albino's either, (which are referred to as leucistic). If people wanted a green-eyed lion without leucism, they'd probably have to selectively breed for the gene since the gold/brown is the dominant gene.

Information from:

I know these probably aren't the more reliable sources, but they're the best we've got.

November 08, 2017
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Lions can have green eyes.:icon455:

December 21, 2012
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All right, I'm going down the list to point out the ones that aren't NECESSARILY true.

1. Why would Nala and Simba have been killed? Are you talking about Scar killing them? WHO WOULD KILL THEM? Mufasa or anyone in his pride would not have killed them. Lioness protect their young something FIERCE.

2. I've NEVER heard about the mane one (and, yes, I do know what I'm talking about here, but maybe I'm just uniformed on this topic). But you're right. The reasons given for Mufasa being King are not natural to lions.

3. The hyena part I completely agree with.

4. Some lions DO have different eye colours ( [...] 7782A60E92D80&selectedIndex=15). It's uncommon, but not impossible (though some colours probably are).

5. Simba might not have if the lionesses fled quickly and the Outlanders had a joint effort in protecting the young, which is possible.

So yeah.

I think Disney took some liberties, but I also see things they got right. I'd like to think that the creators knew something about lions.

just sayin
October 25, 2012
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Some studies have shown that the females of certain subspecies of lions will travel outside their pride to mate with males up to and exceding 40 miles away, just to get new blood. The dominant males in these prides are not the father of all the cubs, and in some cases have sired none of them, but because they were born while he was the alpha he protects them as if they were his own.

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August 10, 2012
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Zira would have mated with Kovu and Nuka, and so would Vitani.
Kiara would have had a cub with Simba ages ago.
All the lionesses would look the same.
All of those vegetarians wouldn't have looked so pleased at Simba, Fluffy's or Kiara's presentation.
All of the cubs would have spotty legs and feet (hmm...for some of them that is actually a nice mental image!)
Scar/Shenzi would have killed Nala long ago.
Lions don't have black, red or dark brown manes.
And that is all I can think of.

April 29, 2012
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It is so obvious that the people who just say "Lions in real life don't do this, they don't do that, bladdi bla..." Are people who are just a trifle to realistic.

Simba took Nala as his mate...
"NOT TRUE! Lions mate with all the females in the pride." Yes, we KNOW, but that wouldn't have been right to put in a kid's movie, would it? of course not. It isn't right for a strong man to have several girlfriends, and these lions are supposed to have human charicteristics (see above). So, just chew on that.

December 07, 2011
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As correct as you are, you make a few mistakes. Some lions can have blue eyes, and those that do are always white lions.

October 13, 2011
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Nice article.

Not true, that happens when cub is old 6-8 weeks, not even nearly old enough to take over. And all lionesses help each other to raise cubs after they bring them into the pride. This paragraph from Wikipedia answerers that:
Usually, the mother does not integrate herself and her cubs back into the pride until the cubs are six to eight weeks old. However, sometimes this introduction to pride life occurs earlier, particularly if other lionesses have given birth at about the same time. For instance, lionesses in a pride often synchronise their reproductive cycles so that they cooperate in the raising and suckling of the young (once the cubs are past the initial stage of isolation with their mother), who suckle indiscriminately from any or all of the nursing females in the pride. In addition to greater protection, the synchronization of births also has an advantage in that the cubs end up being roughly the same size, and thus have an equal chance of survival. If one lioness gives birth to a litter of cubs a couple of months after another lioness, for instance, then the younger cubs, being much smaller than their older brethren, are usually dominated by larger cubs at mealtimes—consequently, death by starvation is more common amongst the younger cubs.

October 12, 2011
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I totally agree. :p
Thank's for sharing

And also, since Simba was Mufasa's son he would have been taken away to live alone with his mother until he was old enough to take his place as the alpha male.??

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