On Chief’s Island in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, a special lioness has captured the attention of big cat lovers and scientists alike. Her name is Mmamoriri and she’s something of a local legend.
Despite being female, Mmamoriri sports a full, dark mane. She’s more muscular than most lionesses and when she roars, the sound is louder and deeper than a typical lioness. Unless you take a close look, you’d swear she’s a male lion. Locals dubbed her Mmamoriri, which means the “Hairy Princess.”
While some have offered the opinion that Mmamoriri “evolved” her masculine characteristics in order to ward off danger, the truth is less dramatic. Genetic testing shows that Mmamoriri is in fact female.