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    #1

    marked her territory

    Does "mark one's territory" means the animal tried to show his territory by this kind of physical contact to mean get away from my place?

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    ex)...After the lion walk, we visited the breeding center. We were able to pet the lions through the protection of a fence, but I wasn't very pleased when one of the lionesses marked her territory all over my jeans, t-shirt, and face!...

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    #2

    Re: marked her territory

    She urinated all over the writer.

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    #3

    Re: marked her territory

    Is it slang or an idiom to mean that? I never expected such an answer.

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    #4

    Re: marked her territory

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Is it slang or an idiom to mean that? I never expected such an answer.
    Lions, as well as other animals such as dogs and wolves, mark their territory by urinating on its boundaries.

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    #5

    Re: marked her territory

    It's also why your cat may pee on your bed if you bring a new cat home. The old cat is saying "Hey, this is where *I* go and you can find somewhere else" to the new cat; he not telling you he's mad at you for bringing an intruder in.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #6

    Re: marked her territory

    Human beings do something similar but much more genteel. Show me someone who's bought a new house (but old - not purpose-built), who hasn't put up book-shelves

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    #7

    Re: marked her territory

    I'm not sure about female cats, but un-neutered male (domestic) cats "spray" to mark their territory. It's not urine, it's a hormone-laden spray which comes from a gland at the rear of the animal. Generally, this spray-marking stops once the cat is neutered.

    Both male and female cats mark their territory by rubbing the sides of their face/mouth against surfaces - there is another gland on the face, between the whiskers, which also releases a hormone/pheromone. My (female) cat particularly enjoys doing this all around my ankles and various bits of furniture.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: marked her territory

    Brace yourself!
    Tiger spraying - YouTube

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    #9

    Re: marked her territory

    Never stand too close to a big cat.

    I read it in a book: Memoirs of a Lion Tamer ​by Claude Percy.

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    #10

    Re: marked her territory

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I read it in a book: Memoirs of a Lion Tamer ​by Claude Percy.
    Get your hat.

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