Back in 2011, I went on a fantastic safari vacation in Kenya with my brother. Because we had both graduated college, our aunt wanted to give us the vacation of a lifetime. While on safari, we saw lions, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, and pretty much every other creature you’d hope to see on a safari in Africa.
But one thing most of all sticks out in my memory. It happened when we were sleeping in tents at a campground. As the sunset and the Serengeti grew dark, my brother and I heard the loud, ferocious roar of a lion. The guides told us to expect it, but it was so loud and intimidating. The lion’s roar can travel miles – and this king of the jungle was probably a few miles away from us. But that pounding sound was enough to keep you up at night.
Because everyone knows that a lion’s roar is supposed to be intimidating, this video of a lion cub is sending the internet into hysterics. Lion cubs are only babies. So they have to grow into their fearsome roar, which they will get some day.
Why are lion roars so unique. Smithsonian explains:
“In most species, the vocal folds are shaped like triangles where they protrude into the animal’s airway. But in lions and tigers, the protrusions are flat and shaped like a square, courtesy of the fat deep within the vocal fold ligament. This shape allows the tissue to respond more easily to passing air, letting the kitties roar louder with less lung pressure. A lion or tiger can roar as loud as 114 decibels, about 25 times louder than a gas-powered lawn mower.”
The tiny lion cub in this adorable video is trying his best to be fierce. But he is too young to have a roar capable of terrifying the animals out in the wild. And because this lion cub instinctively knows that he will grow into the one of the world’s most feared predator, he doesn’t realize that right now he is charming.
ScienceABC also discusses why lions have such a loud roar:
“A lion’s roar is one of the most terrifying sounds in the animal kingdom. If you’re in the African savannas and happen to hear this sound, don’t think about it – just run! … The powerful roars of a lion can be as loud as 114 decibels, which is as loud as some rock concerts!”
Viewers of the adorable lion cub roaring have shared their reactions in the YouTube comments. The following are some of the most popular:
“Aww, if you don’t think that’s cute, get your ears tested.”
“Give me six months you all and I’ll show you a real ROAR.”
“He just can’t wait to be the king!”
“OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t just express my feelings right now such a cutie I can’t say how cute that was and how I am feeling now Awwwwwwww.”
“If this video could be reported for cuteness overload, I would do it!”