Categories: Lion

Do lions have belly buttons?

Yes, lions have belly buttons. However, they are not like human belly buttons. Here is a screenshot from a video (I added the arrow and words).

Lion belly button

All placental mammals have belly buttons. There are almost 400 species which give birth to live young who have been nourished before birth in their mother’s uterus via the placenta. The lion is one of these species as are all cats.

In the illustration on this page it is hard to see in detail the lion’s belly button partly because it is covered with fur and secondly because it is a screenshot from a video. It seems that whereas the human belly button is very noticeable, it is more discrete on lions. This may be because, as I understand it, lionesses (just like domestic cats) eat the placenta and umbilical cord immediately after birth. This may result in a neater repair job than is the case with humans.

This video may well disappear in time. Sorry but I have not control over its longevity.



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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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  • Who the heck was that weirdo asking for a quick death by lion? Why do people do stuff like try to anger or scare animals? What's wrong with them and who asked if a cat has a belly button? Probably a dog-lover, eh?

    • As you might know, when I run out of topics I answer questions people ask. I occurred to me that the question is a bit daft but I answered it nonetheless. There is a certain aspect to the question which is interesting.

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