Lion must be having a pretty wild dream

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Lion Roars During Sleep Thanks to Wild Dreams


Ever had to deal with a loud snorer? Well, Hercules is about to put that noise in perspective. Apologies in advance if this makes you a bit sleepy.
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Lion must be having a pretty wild dream
KEENESBURG, CO - OCTOBER 20: A lion lies in a free roaming habitat as visitors watch from an elevated walkway at The Wild Animal Sanctuary on October 20, 2011 in Keenesburg, Colorado. The non-profit sanctuary is a 720 acre refuge for large carnivores that have been confiscated from illegal or abusive situations and is currently home to over 290 lions, tigers, bears, wolves and other animals. It is the oldest and largest carnivore sanctuary in the United States, having been in operation since 1980. On Tuesday the owner of a private 73 acre animal reserve in Zanesville, Ohio set loose 56 animals, mostly large carnivores, before shooting himself. Of the animals that fled, 49 were hunted down and killed by sheriff’s deputies and other law enforcement officers. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
KEENESBURG, CO - OCTOBER 20: A lion rescued from poor circus conditions in Bolivia sleeps at The Wild Animal Sanctuary on October 20, 2011 in Keenesburg, Colorado. The non-profit sanctuary is a 720 acre refuge for large carnivores that have been confiscated from illegal or abusive situations and is currently home to over 290 lions, tigers, bears, wolves and other animals. Opened in 1980, it is the oldest and largest carnivore sanctuary in the United States. On Tuesday the owner of a private 73 acre animal reserve in Zanesville, Ohio set loose 56 animals, mostly large carnivores, before shooting himself. Of the animals that fled, 49 were hunted down and killed by sheriff’s deputies and other law enforcement officers. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
KEENESBURG, CO-- Rescued Bolivian African lion, 'Campion' inside the Bolivian Lions Complex at the The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg Colorado Tuesday morning. The Sanctuary is currently constructing the 'Mile Into The Wild' walkway that is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year that will allow Sanctuary visitors unique viewing access to rescued wild animals including, tigers, black bears, wolves and 25 African Lions recently rescued from Bolivia. Andy Cross, The Denver Post (Photo By Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Young females wonder the grounds as the Wild Animal Sanctuary releases the first pride of Bolivian lions into their 20-acre outdoor habitat. Joe Amon, The Denver Post (Photo By Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Bam Bam is the leader of the first pride that was released into their into their 20-acre outdoor habitat of the 25 circus lions airlifted from Bolivia earlier this year to the Wild Animal Sanctuary. Joe Amon, The Denver Post (Photo By Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
KEENESBURG,CO--APRIL 15TH--2005--Leo the 15-year-old African lion that was rescued over ten years ago from a garage in Thorton Colorado enjoys the late afternoon sun at the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Conservation Center Friday afternoon in Keenesburg. The wild animal sanctuary recently opened to the public that sprawls over 120 acres and is home to over 137 rescued Lions, Tigers, bears, Jaguars, Leopards, Mountain Lions, Bobcats, Wolves and other wildlife that were abandoned, abused, illegally kept as pets and were confiscated by law enforcement. (paraphrased from their web site) For more information: www.wildlife-sanctuary.org THE DENVER POST/ ANDY CROSS (Photo By Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Bam Bam is the leader of the first pride that was released into their into their 20-acre outdoor habitat of the 25 circus lions airlifted from Bolivia earlier this year to the Wild Animal Sanctuary. Joe Amon, The Denver Post (Photo By Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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Rescued African lion Hercules must have been having a pretty wild dream while he took a snooze at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado. He practically roared himself awake, much to the amusement of the people watching him.

Hercules lives in a 20-acre habitat and sometimes dreams that he is defending his territory. During these dreams, Hercules lets out impressive roars to show his power.

Uploader Pat Craig notes that "much like dogs do (where they dream of barking or running in their sleep), lions also have vivid dreams."

Does your pet snore or do anything unexpected while snoozing? Share your stories in the comments below.
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