Lion cubs are born blind and don’t begin to open their eyes until around three to four days old. Their eyes are a blue-grey colour at first and begin to change to an orangey brown by the age of two to three months. Lion’s eyes are quite large with round pupils that are three times as big as a human’s. A second eyelid, called a nictitating membrane, helps to clean and protect the eye. Lions can’t move their eyes from side to side very well, so have to move their whole head when they want to look in different directions. At night, a reflective coating on the back of the eye helps to reflect moonlight. This makes a lion’s eyesight eight times better than that of a human. They also have a white patch of fur below their eyes which helps to reflect even more light back into the eye.
Info source: http://lionalert.org/page/Lets_look_at_lions


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