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In ancient Greece, lions were identified with Dionysus, Phoebus, Cybele, and Artemis because myth indicates lions drew the chariots for these gods and goddesses. Here, the symbolic meaning of lions revolved around protections and they were viewed as guardians of the dead as well as guardians of palaces, doorways, shrines and thrones. They were also ultimate protectors of hearth and home. Lionesses, Big Cats, Mothers Day, Nature, National Geographic, Sunsets, Cubs, Families, Animal
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Mother cheetah and cub. The following from "Nature": Because the mother cheetah raises the cub alone the cub is vulnerable to predation by other carnivores on the African savannah, usually the lion and hyena, especially when she is hunting. Just as alarming, the mother cheetah may down its prey with tremendous speed, only to have the prey taken away by larger predators, typically lions, who travel in packs ("prides"). For more (great article), see: en.wikipedia.org/...