How Do Lions Walk?


Lions are digitigrade walkers, according to Lion Facts. Lions carry most of their weight on their paw pads. They walk on their toes, which are equipped with soft pads that muffle the sound of movement. Many carnivores have adapted this ability, as it helps them capture prey.

Lions have extra bones in their paws that help them make a wider range of movements. Their claws are retractable and do not affect the way that they walk.

According to Natural High Safaris, when a lion stalks its prey, it tends to move slowly at first and then make a short burst of speed. They are capable of moving at over 30 miles per hour and jump as far as 36 feet.