FC: A Day in the Life... By:Patience Bryant
1: Lion | (Panthera leo) | Did you know that a male Lion can weigh up to 550 pounds! There are allot of interesting facts about Lions, you just have to be willing to learn. Most Lions live n the Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Some also live in captivity or reserves so they can repopulate and get off the endangered species list. Lions typically eat wildebeests, Zebras, Buffalo, deer and many more. Wildebeest are their favorite. Though you would think that the Lions would get the food, the lionesses actually go out and get food for the pack. They always go in a pack of lionesses to stalk there prey. Since their heart is not very big they have to close in on the prey and attack when in close proximity. The Lions stay home with the cubs while they wait for the lionesses to arrive with food. This brings me to my next point. Lionesses can only mate when she is in heat but males however, do not have a specific time of year. The Lion and Lioness may mate 20-40 times a day. After the Lioness conceives and gives birth she brings them to a secluded den that is away from the pride. She will not return until they are six to eight weeks old or sooner if another lioness had cubs around the same time and they will help each other out with the cubs. The lions are pretty tolerant of cubs and are more likely to share food with them instead of the lionesses. Adults in the pride with cubs usually are tolerant of new cubs and the Lions may allow them to play with their tail or mane. Lions stay together and protect each other and make sure everyone is fed and safe. They are very much a family On their day "off" I think they would sleep and play and just relax from everyday duties that they must do to survive.
3: Lions Mane Jellyfish | (Cyanea capillata) | This species of jelly fish belongs to the Cnidarian phylum and is one of the largest known species of jellyfish! The largest one recorded was in 1870 at Massachusetts Bay, it had a diameter of 7 feet and 6 inches and the tentacles were 120 feet long. This jelly fish is typically found in cold waters in the north Atlantic, Arctic, and northern Pacific oceans. Jelly fish capture their food by means of their tentacles. Lions manes can reproduce sexually in the Medusa stage and asexually in the polyp stage. They carry the fertilized eggs in its tentacle where the eggs can grow into larva. When the larva are fully grown the jellyfish will deposits them on a hard surface where the larva's will grow into polyps. Polyps reproduce asexually by growing stacks called ephyraes and when they become fully grown the will release and become a medusa. They do not stay with their parent after they are released so they are to raise themselves and provide for themselves. The jellyfish doesn't have much in common with a Lion but they got their name because of the tentacles and how they are very much like a lions mane. On the jellyfishes day "off" I'm not sure what it would do? Possibly just float around and have food brought to them to the wouldn't have to find it themselves.