Thanks. You are right. I should have read the book decades ago.
Shame on my interpretive analysis. OK.
My lion connection goes back to 1965. I've read a lot about them in the wild and in captivity.
I have worked with big cats (in captivity) since 1970. This includes raising a male lion cub from
the age of 4 and a half weeks to 15 years old. That's a seven pound boy to a 480 pound boy.
I continue to work with wild cats in captivity. (http://www.wildfelids.org
) if you wish.