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why does a lion have heavily muscled forelimbs and shoulders

Lions are relatively slow animals that attempt to capture large, fast animals for food. They primarily hunt by trying to sneak up on the prey. Generally, the lion charges and attacks only if it can get close enough to a prey animal. If a lion doesn't immediately engage the prey on the first charge, the predator usually gives up and doesn't attempt to chase the fleeing victim. Lions can neither run quickly nor run for very long, so they rely on their raw muscular power to capture their prey, springing powerfully forward off the hind limbs to engage the front limbs for the kill.

They live in groups and may use cooperative hunting to increase their kill rate. Groups of lions have been observed chasing prey animals towards a hidden lion. However, observations of lions indicate about 50 percent of hunts only involve a single lion, and success rates of hunts involving multiple lions are not much higher than success rates of single-lion hunts.
Lions Why do lions have loose belly skin?

It's not because they are out of shape! It's an adaptation for their protection. Loose belly skin allows animal to be kicked by prey with little chance of injury. What is the purpose of the mane on a male lion?

Thick mane helps male look bigger and protects the throat. Why are the eyes of a lion set in the front of its head rather than on the sides? Eyes in front allow for depth perception and ability to judge distances when stalking or ambushing prey. A lion has heavily muscled forelimbs and shoulders. Why? Heavily muscled forelimbs and shoulders add strength for capturing large prey.

Why do they have forepaws equipped with long, retractile claws? Forepaws equipped with long, retractile claws which help to grab and hold prey. Why do they have a rough tongue? Rough tongue designed to peel skin of prey animal away from flesh, and flesh from bone. Why are lions a sandy colour? Sandy coat colour camouflages animal and young among scrub vegetation.

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