March 1, 2015
The Roar of Winter
- as seen by -Kristen Avery
March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. It’s an idiom that has seemingly endured for centuries but no one quite knows the exact origin. The full roar of winter is still upon us here in the Northeast U.S.
A lion’s deep, bellowing roar could travel miles when the conditions are right. According to Robert Eklund, “the roar is a distinct mammalian vocalization made by only five species of Felidae.” This vocalization is an important method of communication to the pride, and to other animals as well. Lions’ vocal folds are shaped differently and this strength allows them to roar.
Here’s to hoping that the end of March brings some of the characteristic warmth of Uganda.