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

Image: Alexey Shilin / Wikimedia Commons Meet the world’s biggest cat: the lion

While tigers are certainly something to marvel at, you’ll never find one outside a zoo—they’re a man-made hybrid cross between a male lion and a tigress, something that would never happen in nature

Ligers look somewhat like striped lions

They inherit the grayish brown fur from their lion fathers and the black stripes from their tigress mothers

This mating between the tiger, the largest and heaviest feline, and the lion, the second largest, resulted in tigers being much larger and heavier than either of their parents

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

At 922 pounds (4182 kg) and 11 feet (333 m) in length and 4 feet (125 m) tall at the shoulder, he is considered the world’s largest living cat

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

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

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For these reasons, as well as the lack of conservation value and the danger to the female tigress during birth, tigresses are banned in most zoos and animal sanctuaries; And those who choose to breed the animals are detested by big cat conservationists around the world ,

Watch the video below to see a lion in motion: The tiger is one of many surprising hybrid species

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