There are typically two to four male pride lions and between six-plus lionesses to a pride. The males are usually a coalition or family (brothers), and they greet each other with head rubs, clean each other, play, and roar to not just tell others to stay off their territory but, to communicate with one another -- just to keep in touch, to know where the other members of the coalition/family are. The male lions fight to protect their pride as well. Sometimes they fight each other for mating rights, or dominance. There's politics in a pride of lions too.
Lionesses are the hunters, the providers, they keep their cubs fed, and their men fit to fight another day. Watching clips of them eating a kill makes it hard to believe that the lionesses really care about any other belly but their own but, don't be fooled. The cubs are number one. Even the males, the ones that demand and claim the most meat out of the rest of the pride, allow the cubs to eat along side them. Carrying the family line is the purpose of having cubs.
Affection is not a strange thing to see in a pride. Lionesses, male lions, and cubs will sleep close to one another, the cubs will be able to climb about, and play with the adults (males and females). And when the cubs are old enough, they will be taught to hunt by their patient mothers and on occasion fathers -- when there is a big kill that needs to be made (giraffe or hippo).
Lions are social animals just like we are and instinctively they are who they are as individuals no matter what the circumstances. If they need to fight, they will without question, and if the fight is too big they aren't afraid to accept the loss and flee. When it's time to hunt they hunt, when they want affection they will get their affection, and when they want to contact family they will. They stand their ground with every breath they take and they do it with courage; lions never lose themselves to fit in by being something they're not.
They were born with the courage to be themselves...
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