African Lion (Panthera leo) Felidae - KNOWLEDGE AND LIGHT
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Naturally Fractured Mandibular Canine African Lion Skull

The fractured mandibular canine of a wild African Lion is a testament to a physically demanding life. Although females generally hunt, males commonly use their brute strength and weight to help immobilize and dispatch large prey (i.e. Cape Buffalo). This animal was most likely kicked or possibly fractured the canine while struggling to separate the vertebrae of large prey. Male African Lions have a life expectancy of only 12 years as compared to 19 years for females. Their lives typically end abruptly and violently.

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