Lions are feline apex predators found in Westeros and other continents. Lions feature prominently in Westerosi heraldry, such as the sigils of House Lannister, House Grandison and the extinct House Reyne.
In the booksEdit
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels lions inhabited the western hills of Westeros but have been nearly hunted down to extinction. The Dothraki Sea, however, is inhabitted by white subspecies of lion, called hrakkar by the Dothraki.
The Prince of Pentos is mentioned to keep a pride of lions in his menagerie. Also, when Queen Cersei Lannister was a child, lions were kept caged in the bowels of Casterly Rock, a legacy from the days of Lord Tytos.
In real life, lions inhabited southern Europe until historic times, when human encroachment gradually drove them to extinction. The Roman Empire's demand for lions and other big animals to fight and die in colosseums also played a large role in diminishing their numbers.
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