Cape Town - Few things are spine-chilling as the roar of a lion. It packs a punch that can frighten the toughest of us, but can also make you feel all warm and fuzzy for being proudly South African.
For locals and visitors coming into SA, hearing the African Lion roar is certainly one of the bucketlist African experiences.
But few visitors are as lucky as the ones on professional game ranger Mark Lautenbach's safari truck, who recently witnessed a massive maned cat roar from up close.
Lautenbach shared the video to Facebook, saying, "This Male lions loves to roar next to the vehicle!" He told Traveller24 the sighting occurred on Madikwe Game Reserve, located about 90km north of Zeerust in the North West province.
Check it out:
The big maned cat doesn't seem agitated, but rather playful. And still, the sound is piercing!
A lion can roar as loud as 114 decibels, just under the average human pain threshold for loud sounds. The cats are also aided by the strength of their vocal folds, which can withstand stretching and shearing as air moves past them and the folds vibrate. This is clearly audible in the lion above's roar.
Lions have the loudest roar of any big cat, a sound which can be heard from a distance of 8 kilometres away!
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