The story of our housecat
You can say many people did see a lot of photos of lion cubs over the years. And their appearance is very recognizable to all of us. The photo above shows its familiar and adorable face. As a child I was allways confused about the statement that a lion was a catlike. In my childish perspective it looked more like a dog. I never spoke to people about that opinion because it was obviously not true for them. Even when I grew up I had still difficult feelings about the fact that a lion really was a cat. But today I accidentally ran into the photo below. This photo shows a very young lion cub. And I stared at it and stared again. The child inside me just could not believe it. But no way out, a lion must be the earth mother of our ordinary, cute, sometimes crazy and very lazy housecat.
So in an attempt to escape this terrible truth, I looked it up in Wikipedia. And they tell me that our housecat is proven to be the descendant of a mix of three felines: Desertcat, Swampcat and African Wild cat.
But other sites swear it is related to Hyenas…. Hyenas?? Ever seen an Hyena cub? And another one speaks about ancestors like Sabertoothcat. But to my surprise nobody mentions a Lion.
But to me from today on it is clearly, without any doubt a lion. Right?