The Brave Lion

The Lion is King of the Jungle and the bravest and wisest of all the animals, according to African folklore. 

The Brave Lion will make a perfect friend for your little one to help protect them and to give them the power to be brave, strong, and wise like the Lion.

Our Lions are handmade in South Africa by artisans depending on the sales of these toys to put food on the table for their families.

Each Lion is unique: bigger, smaller, thinner, thicker, longer nose, smaller mane, softer… Just like real Lions in Africa.

An African Tale of how Lion Got His Mighty Roar.

The Lion holds a special place in African folklore for many centuries. The Lion wasn’t always the loudest in Africa. This is the story of how Lion got his mighty roar. Lion is now the most feared of the predators in Africa.

According to the folklore, many, many years ago, Lion had a gentle voice. Animals couldn’t hear him. They had no warning of him in the jungle.

This made the other animals very nervous. They had no way to know when Lion was sleeping or hunting for his next meal. Africa’s animals held a meeting to think of ways to make the Lion less dangerous. The animals talked for days and days, but none of them could think of a way to solve their big problem.

After many long days of thinking, it was little Hare that come up with a suggestion. “I know how we can hear Lion coming towards us,” said Hare. “We can make Lion’s voice like the loudest thunder of a summer storm. That way we will always know when he is approaching us.”

Hare skipped off to work out his plan on how to change Lion’s voice.

Hare saw Lion sleeping underneath a tree. He walked right up to Lion, and said to him: “Oh Great Lion, I have terribly sad news to share with you. Your brother is very ill, and he wants to see you at once.”

This sad news visibly upset Lion. He asked Hare to lead him to his brother immediately. Hare and Lion walked through the bush for many hours. Lion became exhausted and could walk no further. Lion lay down and slept.

The Hare met with Honeyguide Bird. Honeyguide Bird led Hare to an enormous wild bees’ nest in a nearby tree. Hare left a delicious piece of the honeycomb for Honeyguide Bird for his help. Hare took the honey and spread it all over the sleeping Lion’s paws, mouth, and whiskers. Hare then dashed off to a bush to hide away from the bees – and Lion.

When the bees saw their nest had been raided, they became enraged. They found Lion sleeping nearby with the honey all over his paws, mouth, and whiskers. Angry, the bees attacked Lion. Hundreds and hundreds of bees swarmed all over Lion and stung him so many times that his soft cries became a thunderous roar that could be heard for many miles.

That is how Lion’s voice changed forever. Africa’s animals were thankful for Hare’s bravery and cunning plan. The animals could now hear Lion’s roar from far away and be warned that King of the Jungle was on the hunt.

Lion will make a perfect friend for your little one. Our Lions are handmade in South Africa by artisans depending on the sales of these toys to put food on the table for their families.

Each Lion is unique: bigger, smaller, thinner, thicker, longer nose, smaller mane, softer… Just like real Lions in Africa.

The creation of these beautiful toy animals is managed by the Rare Bear Project, a charitable organization focused on raising awareness for rare diseases. These toys provide companionship for those children living with rare diseases, bringing them comfort in their most desperate times.