National Geographic : 2001 Jun
TABLE FOR FEW Though the gentle intimacy of play (below) vanishes when it's time to eat, meals in Gir are not necessarily frenzied affairs. For a mother and cub sharing a deer, or a young male relishing an antelope, there's no need to fight for a cut of the kill. Prey animals are generally smaller in Gir than they are in Africa, and hunting groups tend to be smaller as well. The lions them selves aren't as big as Afri can lions, and they have shorter manes and a long fold of skin on their under sides that many lions in Africa don't have.