You can tell there is something special about the lion. There is just something about him. Maybe it’s the mane. It looks decorative, it looks pompous, it is certainly regal. Yes, he is without doubt the king of the jungle.
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When the child lions come back from the nursery at the end of the day, they may ask their Dad.
‘What have you been doing today Dad?’
Well, Dad is a little embarrassed by the answer to this question, despite being the King of the Jungle. And of course, the lion is the master of looking busy, while doing as little as possible.
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‘Well’, says Dad, ‘I have been checking out our lands and properties, and making sure there were no intruders’.
‘And were there any?’ squealed the young lions excitedly.
‘And were there any what?’ grunted the Dad back.
‘Daaad! Intruders of course!’.
‘Err, no there weren’t any’ gnarled Dad through gritted teeth, eying a pack of hyenas in the distance. Hence comes the expression, ‘You lying lion’.
‘And Dad, what time is dinner?’ asked the young lions eagerly, bouncing up to their grumpy Dad.
‘Well, your Mum has gone out shopping and should be back shortly’ replied Dad, feeling a little peckish himself.
And, sure enough, there in the distance Mum was arriving with food. And yes, there would be food for all tonight. After a great dinner, with full stomachs the lions got back to what they are really good at, lying about…and lying to each other….
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