My thought goes to the character in the scene, the Lion Tamer.
Which can be perceived in many ways. to Tame a Lion- a wild beast with fangs and claws. to taming in a metaphorical sense, like a parent taming her tantrum induced teenager. or a boss taming a stubborn employee (or vice versa). It could also be a natural disaster Like the natural disaster (or disaster in general) is something to be tamed and made to become weaker or back to normal. As Lions are known in mythology to be brave, strong, fearless beasts that could and would attack and kill anything with their bare claws.
I have been doing some research about physical 'Lion Taming' and though the word 'Lion' is used, the first ever Big Cat to be 'tamed' was a Tiger.
In 1819, a French circus performer named Henri Martin entered a cage with a tiger, shocking the audience when he emerged without a scratch. Martin, a retired horse trainer, soon taught the tiger to obey a series of simple commands. He eventually incorporated lions into his act as well, becoming the first famous lion tamer.
the Most common big cats used in the ring of a circus when A Lion tamer is an act is: Lions, Tigers, Pumas, Jaguars, cheetahs and Leopards.