Meet the Tigon: Half Tiger, Half Lion, and the

Image: Alexey Shilin / Wikimedia Commons Meet the biggest cat in the world: the liger

While ligers are certainly something to admire, you’ll never find one outside of a zoo – they’re an artificial hybrid of a male lion and a tigress, something that would never occur in nature

Ligers look something like a striped lion

They tend to inherit brown fur from their lion fathers and dark stripes from their tigress mothers

As a result of this union between the tiger, the largest and heaviest cat, and the lion, the second largest, ligers tend to be much larger and heavier than their parents

In fact, the largest cat in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records is a liger named Hercules, who weighs 922 pounds and measures 11 feet in length and 4 feet at the shoulder

At 922 pounds (4182 kilograms) and 11 feet (333 meters) in length and 4 feet (125 meters) high at the shoulder, it is considered the largest living cat in the world

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Like many other unnatural hybrids, ligers often die in utero or prematurely

They also suffer from a variety of unpleasant genetic defects and diseases associated with lions and tigers, such as neurological problems, cancer, arthritis and organ failure

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For these reasons, as well as their lack of conservation value and the threat to the mother tigress during childbirth, ligers are banned from most zoos and animal sanctuaries; And those who choose to breed animals are frowned upon by big cat conservationists around the world

Watch the video below to see a liger in action: The liger is just one of many surprising hybrid species

Click here to learn about 20 more amazing hybrid animals


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