Name That Animal

Time for a little break.  There are actually 2 animals in this photo so I’m going to go ahead and give you a hint:  One is a lion.  Same rule as always – no researching.  Post your best and worst and haha-ist guesses in the comments.  Answer will be posted in the comments later today.  It will be interesting to see how many people immediately type “LION” without reading the text.

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23 Comments

  1. Lisa

     /  March 9, 2012

    armadillo

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  2. Nicci W

     /  March 9, 2012

    Is he EATING it?! Or playing with it?

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    • The story I read that went along with the photo said the lion was attempting to eat the other animal but ultimately did not. Of course we can’t rule out for certain that she wasn’t playing with the other animal. I mean, who knows what lions think is fun?

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  3. jerri

     /  March 9, 2012

    is that a crocodile/alligator in the backround?

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  4. lee

     /  March 9, 2012

    its a porcupine type animal

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  5. Daniela

     /  March 9, 2012

    I think the lion is an Oscar and the armadillo seems rather shy so I go with Lily,

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  6. JenniferJ

     /  March 9, 2012

    pangolin

    A personal fave. :)

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  7. I was more interested in finding out if my first guess existed in Africa, in case the photo from there, so I cheated and researched. I won’t give the name of the species that lives in Africa and might be the potential prey/playmate of the lion, but their description makes me think they weren’t playing —

    **** are able to roll themselves into a ball to defend themselves, and it takes considerable force to unroll them. The cutting action of their armor-plated scales, worked by powerful muscles, protect them too, by inflicting serious wounds on anything inserted between them. **** also have anal scent glands that emit strong, foul smelling secretions. — Sounds like it could hurt and stink to play with these.

    Daniela – I like your response to the request “Name that Animal”, and think Oscar is great for the lion, but if the horny balled shy animal is the one that has foul anal secretions – it might be “gilding the lily” to call her Lily.

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    • OK first off: CHEATER! hehehe

      Second – thank you for explaining Daniela’s LOL comment. I am so dense this afternoon. I thought she was just being sweet and giving the animals names!

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      • Daniela

         /  March 9, 2012

        :-) I was just trying to be a smart-ass. I didn’t know about the stinking part so maybe Violet instead of Lily.

  8. lynel

     /  March 9, 2012

    spiney anteater

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  9. I knew “lion” — so no fair taking away the easy answer. The other looks like an armadillo, but armadillo’s aren’t that tough (as evidence by them littering the sides of roadways in Southern Missouri — they are both slow and not tough enough to be so slow if they’re lion prey). But going with Armadillo, just because I don’t know what else it could be and now realize I need to spend more time remember animal names when I go to the zoo.

    I do like Daniela’s names….

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  10. Pangolin. Love those little guys

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  11. Eucritta

     /  March 9, 2012

    Pangolin!

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  12. I was going to say Pangolin too!

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  13. armadillo

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  14. ANSWER TIME:

    The animal the lion is attempting to eat is a pangolin:

    Pangolins, often called “scaly anteaters,” are covered in tough, overlapping scales. These burrowing mammals eat ants and termites using an extraordinarily long, sticky tongue, and are able to quickly roll themselves up into a tight ball when threatened. Eight different pangolin species can be found across Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Poaching for illegal wildlife trade and habitat loss have made these incredible creatures one of the most endangered groups of mammals in the world.

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  15. pangolin in the lion’s mouth?

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  16. merlin

     /  March 9, 2012

    It’s a lion eating a playing with a really big artichoke! Just kidding.

    It is a lion, uh, playing with an armadillo?!

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  17. I thought armadillo but Pangolin is probably what it is!lol

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  18. WillyBoy

     /  March 9, 2012

    Pangolin. Give us a hard one!

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  19. That Pangolin looks pretty dang hard! (The lion couldn’t eat it…)

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  20. Kittypurr

     /  March 19, 2012

    Ears look like some kind of armadillo-

    Hope he was not captive dinner.

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