The spotted lion got its name from the black spots on their almost white underbellies; the rest of their coat was a burnt orange color. Although quite rare, due to hunting, they still ranged throughout Cardolan. The lions were not evil creatures and, while they were extremely cunning, they were not capable of speech. Their feud with the wolves was old and bitter and had probably contributed to their decline more than the efforts of Men. The spotted lions lived in small family groups, keeping lairs in trees and caves. They prefered to hunt fiara, but sheep would do. Spotted lions were known to kill men in self-defense.
- Retrieved from [Realms of Arda]; original reference: [ICE MERP 2012]