Some time in the past when Itachi and Sasuke were children, they partook in a game where they searched for cats to fill their Paw Encyclopaedia. When confronted by the brothers, the lion broke down and began, what seemed to be, pleading for his life.
The Dread Lion is a huge, tan-coloured lion whose brown mane is styled into dreadlocks. His paw print is huge, showing he is much bigger than an ordinary lion.
This character may be based on the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz as he resembles the character as portrayed in the 1939 movie version. The Cowardly Lion at first appeared fierce, but then broke down into a cowardly, whimpering figure when confronted.