Lions have protractile claws, which means that the claws are retracted (within the paw) when the lion is resting and relaxed. This keeps the claws very sharp by protecting them from the wear and tear that would come from walking on rough ground. It also allows the lion to use its paws in ways besides as a weapon. Covering the claws is like keeping a sharp sword in its scabbard. When the lion is ready for action, it uses muscles to actively straighten its toes and extend the blade-like claws!
This nonfiction/informational book, for early fluent readers, includes a glossary of new terms at the end of the book.
Lions at the Zoo is part of MRB At the Zoo Set 3. You may purchase the book individually, as a 6-pk (six books of the same title), or as part of At the Zoo Set 3. Lions at the Zoo is also included when you buy the At the Zoo Collection (single copy of each of the 12 At the Zoo books) or the At the Zoo Classroom Collection (6-pk of each of the 12 At the Zoo titles).