Well, I suppose a lion might seek out help if he wasn’t feline good. 😀
On a more serious note, don’t get me wrong, I do think that all living, sentient beings have a soul or spirit. I’m just cautious about anthropomorphising them and attributing human moral constructs to them because it gets us bogged down in a moral and ethical quagmire if we try to. That behaviour of male lions I mentioned is quite typical of lions – that’s what lions do, moreover, the same behaviour has also been scientifically documented in our nearest relatives, gorillas and chimpanzees, as well as in dolphins – nature isn’t cuddly.
I would agree, probably the best way to view a lion would indeed be from a safe distance.