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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Lion + Tiger = Liger

The liger is a cross (a hybrid) between a female tiger and a male lion. It has also been known as a lion-tiger mule. A liger looks like a giant lion with diffused stripes. Some male ligers grow sparse manes. Like tigers, but unlike lions, ligers enjoy swimming.

A cross between a male tiger and a female lion is called a tigon. According to The Tiger, Symbol of Freedom rare reports have been made of tigresses mating with lions in the wild. [wikipedia]

The 10ft Liger who's still growing...
He looks like something from a prehistoric age or a fantastic creation from Hollywood . But Hercules is very much living flesh and blood as he proves every time he opens his gigantic mouth to roar. Part lion, part tiger, he is not just a big cat but a huge one, standing 10ft tall on his back legs. Called a liger, in reference to his crossbreed parentage, he is the largest of all the cat species.

He is the accidental result of two enormous big cats living close together at the Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species, in Miami, Florida, and already dwarfs both his parents.
"Ligers are not something we planned on having," said institute owner Dr Bhagavan Antle. "We have lions and tigers living together in large enclosures and at first we had no idea how well one of the lion boys was getting along with a tiger girl, then loo and behold we had a liger."

Look at the size of the head on this thing.. :)

50mph runner... Not only that, but he likes to swim, a feat unheard of among water-fearing lions. In the wild it is virtually impossible for lions and tigers to mate. Not only are they enemies likely to kill one another, but most lions are in Africa and most tigers in Asia . But incredible though he is, Hercules is not unique. Ligers have been bred in captivity, deliberately and accidentally, since shortly before World War II.

On a typical day he will devour 20lb of meat, usually beef or chicken, and is capable of eating 100lb at a single setting. At just three years old, Hercules already weighs half a ton.

Today there are believed to be a handful of ligers around the world and a similar number of tigons, the product of a tiger father and lion mother. Tigons are smaller than ligers and take on more physical characteristics of the tiger.

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Anonymous said...

now I know, this species really exist in this world!!!


Artie Walker said...

I am wondering about the cross breeding of all possible panthera
combinations and which combinations are fertile. It is also amaising that Jagaur's can also interbreed. Many people would think that Cougars are the closest
relitives but they are puma's not panthera's and are closer to a domestic cat than a Jagaur. Also
why do most zoo's ban attempts to cross breed these big cats' (Panthera's)?

Artie Walker

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