Chest girth has FAR less correlation in tigers than lions, for one.
NO CRATER lions have EVER averaged 225kg.
What a LIAR
Several years ago, close monitoring of the ‘Thin’ lion pride, which inhabits the NCA’s Ndutu region, revealed that 11 new cubs had been born, including a handsome cub nicknamed ‘Young Tom’ by locals. Soon after this discovery, however, Ingela and her team learned that ‘Young Tom’ was the only cub out of the 11 to survive past the age of one.
Once he reached physical and sexual maturity, Young Tom joined his father in defending and siring cubs within the three prides, including seven cubs born to the Masek pride in early 2012.
In mid-October, however, Ingela and staff from the local Ndutu Lodge were notified that an injured, male lion had been spotted lying under a tree in the Ngorongoro’s Hugo Valley area. When they arrived at the scene, Ingela was disheartened to find Young Tom lying under this tree with a large gash in his stomach
Acting quickly, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area authorities were alerted, who sent a veterinarian to anesthetize Young Tom and treat his wounds, assisted by Ingela, the Ndutu Lodge staff and NCA rangers. Once he was immobilized, Ingela saw that his wounds had undoubtedly been caused by a spear, which had cut all the way through his back, piercing the other side of his body. Unfortunately, by this time, the wounds had become infected, and therefore dangerous to stitch up.
Instead, the vet administered an antibiotic injection, and cleaned and applied broad-spectrum antibiotic spray to his injuries, including puncture wounds on his hind legs caused by other predators. The team took blood, saliva, tissue and fecal samples to test for Young Tom’s exposure to various diseases and parasites, measure his hormonal levels and examine his DNA. Ingela also took photographic records of his teeth, and measured his body length, shoulder height, neck circumference and heart girth to add to the SLP’s lion demography database. After weighing Young Tom at a hefty 146 kg (321 pounds), Ingela fixed him with a GPS collar and waited for him to wake from the anesthesia.After a three day recovery, the SLP team was happy to track Young Tom as he slowly made his way back to the Masek pride. Since October, Young Tom’s wounds have healed with no sign of infection, and he and his father now primarily travel with the Masek pride, guarding their youngest offspring as new male lions enter the Ndutu area and attempt to overpower the Thin and Big Marsh prides
Here is a picture of the 146 kg Crater lion named Tom, at around 3-4 years old after his examination...
146kg for this FULL GROWN CRATER LION!!!!!!