Ligers – part lion, part tiger

There are thousands if not millions of different species around the world of animals and reptiles and everything with two or more legs. It is no wonder that some of these species get together now and again and have offspring which are a little on the unusual side. There is a donkey that has stripes on its hind legs because a donkey and a zebra have mated and there are all kinds of different dogs and horses because of mans intention to make the perfect breed. A Liger is actually the cross between a tiger and a lion which is when a male lion gets a female lion pregnant. The offspring is known as a Liger which looks just like a lion with some other colors picked up from the tiger. It is not uncommon for the liger to have stripes.

A tiglon is the complete opposite of a liger however this event is usually less successful than the breeding of a liger. The liger is actually the biggest of all the big cats in the world because of its breeding. With some characteristics from both parents the liger is more adventurous than the lion or tiger alone because like the lion the liger is social however like the tiger the liger likes to play in water. They are a very playful bunch of social animals which you can see playing at the zoo or in the wild however like the lion the liger prefers to sleep during the day and become more active at night preparing for the hunt. The most distinguishing feature of the liger is usually the coloration on its face which has its own patters which is useful for determining which liger is which.

Science tells us that it is imprinted genes that make the liger so big however this was not a man made event but the natural occurrence of two misfit animals in the wild. Ligers can actually continue to grow all through their live because of the mixed species breeding which causes hormone imbalances. A female liger can reach over 300 kilograms and while lying flat can be 10 feet long. Ligers have a good life span of around 15 to 20 years however one which was breed in captivity managed to stay in the zoo for a long 24 years until it died of old age. Depending on the genes that the liger has received will also determine how successful its chances of breeding are.