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The One Thing You Didn't Notice About "The Lion King"

The circle of life is about to get weird.

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Pride behavior dictates that the most dominant male mates with all the females. A darker mane indicates good health, maturity, and greater dominance in a male lion.


Lion expert Peyton West says, "Males want to win fights without actually fighting so they assess each other on the basis of the other lion's mane... Females may simply use an easily assessed indicator of male quality which is really there for a different purpose."

When asked at a 2004 panel who Nala's father was, directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff responded:

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"Finally, after talking a little bit about how lions operate in real-life prides, Minkoff said, sort of muttering into his sleeve, that the general assumption was that Nala's father was 'either Scar or... Mufasa'."

Yup, both can be considered dominant males, so it's very likely either of them mated with most of the females in the pride, making some or all the cubs either of their children.

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