Cycle of Life…Video..Please turn up the sound
Captured last fall, at the Lion Enclosure in Assiniboine Park Zoo, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
The lion walks on padded digits, enabling it to travel quietly over all terrains; A noiseless approach is essential in stalking prey. Unlike the canine family, lions are not built for sustained running during the chase of fleet prey. Instead they have evolved limbs, and musculature dedicated to agility, sudden bursts of speed, and great strength – all related to an ambush strategy.
The lions long limbs and flexible backbone enable rapid acceleration, and a maximum speed of 60 KM/HR. However the animal’s great size, and weight demand considerable energy and oxygen when bounding, and so chases seldom exceed exceed 200 meters. When walking great distances, the front and back paws of opposite sides, make contact with the ground at the same time, maintaining balance throughout the stride.
Canon XTi, w 55-250mm Zoom Lens, AV 5.6, Shutter speed 1/200, ISO 400