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Why does TeX have a lion as mascot?

What was the motivation for choosing a lion as mascot for LaTeX?

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    I was fond of ducks before it was mainstream. :P – Paulo Cereda Aug 25 '12 at 19:17

The drawings in Knuth's TeXbook are from Duane Bibby. According to this interview Duane chose the Lion as the theme for the book.

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