The lion is seen as the king of all animals, with typical qualities being supremely intelligent proud, fierce, strong and loyal. This view has impacted upon many customs and beliefs across the world. One example in particular indicates the strength of felling about the lion. To ensure that a young son would be healthy, brave and strong in adulthood, it is alleged that it was common practice for tribal mothers in Africa to feed part of a lion’s heart to him. One other popular African belief thought tells us more about how the lion’s personality has been developed. It has long been said that the lion was thought to be jealous of the game cock because of its beautiful crest of feathers on the top of its head like a crown and the fluffy, rather dapper, leg spurs. The cheeky bird is also said to not revere the lion in the same way as all the other animals, quite the opposite in fact. It is said that the lion partially fears the bird because of this and allows the bird to be king of its own area.
Whilst the lion has been known to be an animal that eats meat, even people if driven to such needs, it has long been a belief that one will not eat a royal prince or any member of royalty. This belief is connected with the idea of the lion being the king of all animals, and that it shows respect for its human counterpart.