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Fight or Flight: The Hard-Knock Life of a Male Lion [VIDEO]

For a male lion, being 'King of the Jungle' has its benefits, but it doesn't come easy.

There is always another male lion that is willing to fight you for your territory, pride, and innocent cubs.

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The females will accept him as their mate and protector, until another more powerful male pushes him off his throne. For this lion, it's just a matter of time.

A pair of nomadic males has set their sites on his females. The only way for these male lions to mate is to conquer the dominant male's territory. If they succeed, they'll likely kill the cubs and other young males he may have sired, but this old general doesn't plan to surrender...


This time he vanquishes his rivals, but eventually there will be more. For a lion king there is no such thing as retirement, he must fight for his throne or be cast aside, and typically his reign will last no more than two or three years.

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If you want to be the alpha male in the animal kingdom, you'd better be ready to fight to keep that status, because there won't be a shortage of challengers.

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Fight or Flight: The Hard-Knock Life of a Male Lion [VIDEO]