The “Lion Shall Lay Down with the Lamb” cartoon idea was inspired when I read that there actually is no phrasing like this in The Bible. There is talk of wolves and leopards but no lions with lambs. I admit, I did not know this. It is another example of what we think The Bible says.
Isaiah 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
Isaiah 65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.
The indication in Isaiah, of course, is completely contradictory to the nature of the wolf, lion, leopard and snake. So apparently we are going to see lions grazing in the fields like cows? One of the clear memories I have from being taken to multiple creationist conferences by my Dad when I was in Junior High and High School was that creationist lectures would ridicule the idea that whales came from land mammals. They would use the imagery of a cow losing its feet and somehow waddling into the sea and everyone would laugh. I still to this day do not know where they got the idea that cows were involved? Unless they said “cow-like” but certainly the word cow was used and a cow is a domesticated animal. Cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) have a fossil record that is continually being added to. See Wiki for a good introduction.
If creationists are going to ridicule the idea of a land mammal moving to the sea over millions of years and its features adapting to the environment, then can we stop for a moment and laugh at how ridiculous it would be to see lions grazing like cows? Are we going to milk lions too? Maybe we can treat them like sheep and clip off their manes for women to wear around their shoulders like mink stoles?