Hmm, his fur is noticeably different from a typical lion's. It bunches more like a housecat's fur, and the strands are clearly much finer. Also, it looks to be much thicker on the body than a lion's usually is.
Let me see, dandelions are in bloom, must be early spring in the Northern Hemisphere, temperate zone. He must be from a multigenerational famile of lions who've acclimated to the northern winters.
In certain lion families, the trait for a winter coat is still present in the genes. It tends to make their fur softer and lighter colored during the winter. :3