Looks like the lion was resting its head over its front paws before something made him lift up his head to attention. Doesn't look frightened, rather calm and collected, waiting to see what the subjects next move is By Francesca.
Joshua Have I not commanded you? Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Back left shoulder. "Lion of Judah" in Hebrew along a black strand of it's mane.