A lion is one of the larger species of feline. A large carnivorous predator, lions are native to sub-Saharan Africa and a small forest in India. Male lions are known for their distinctive manes. Lions tend to form groups called prides, with a single dominant male and several females and young. Many cultures of Europe, Asia and Africa saw the lion as a symbol of strength, bravery, and nobility.

Adventures with lionsEdit

In 1909, Indiana Jones encountered several lions while in the Kirinyaga region of British East Africa. When they arrived at the Kirinyaga safari camp, Frederick Selous remarked that he and Theodore Roosevelt had shot a lioness, but only wounded its mate. Roosevelt went on to recount the unfortunate fate of Johnson, another hunter who had only wounded a lion. Later that night, Jones thought he heard lions, but it was actually his father making the sounds to his mother. While watching animals with his new friend Meto, Jones spied one lion on the hunt near the watering hole. One night, the wounded lion returned and attacked the camp but it was killed by Selous.


Whiskey, Lafayette Escadrille mascot.

In 1912, while on a Boy Scout trip, young Indiana Jones faced down a male lion aboard the Dunn & Duffy Combined Circus train before being rescued by the man known as Fedora. During the encounter, Jones tried using a bullwhip for the first time, and ended up with a scar on his chin.

During World War I, Lafayette Escadrille kept a lion cub as a mascot called Whiskey who growled at Indiana Jones when he arrived at the squadron's airfield in 1917.

Behind the scenesEdit

In the storyboards for the young Indiana Jones sequence of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, multiple lions were considered for Indy to face aboard the wagon of the Dunn & Duffy Combined Circus train. One was conceptualized to stand on top of the Cross of Cortez (the Cross of Coronado of the final film), requiring Jones to use the whip to drive the beast back to reach the Cross.[1]



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