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*Liger Facts and Profile* .
The Liger is a *hybrid* . It is the *offspring* of a male Lion and a female Tiger. This means that the Liger has parents that are different *species* , but the same *genus* .
Ligers only exist in *captivity* today, because the habitats of the parental species do not overlap out in the wild. They typically grow much larger than either parent species.
Another hybrid from the mating of the same animals – only reversed, a male Tiger and a female Lion – is known as the Tigon, and are often much smaller.
Ligers tend to be more like a lion, than a tiger.
They are large, muscly and male ligers will have a mane, like a male lion, but often shorter than their father’s. They have dark tawny fur, with broad heads. They often have feint tiger stripes, inherited from their mother. Ligers are fond of swimming, just like Tigers (lions don’t like water), and are also quite sociable, just like lions.
The Liger is not a new hybrid as they date back to the early 19th century in India. The name was coined to describe the creature in the 1930s. The Liger has appeared in art as far back as 1798 when a color plate depicted one, and in 1825 a Liger and its parents appeared in an engraving. A pair of Liger cubs born in 1837 were even put on display for King William IV and Queen Victoria who succeeded him.
While thought to be extremely rare, historically lions and tigers may have interbred to produce ligers in the wild. The Asiatic lion once inhabited a much larger area of Asia, that may have meant it shared some territory with tigers. However, today, they are very much only cross bred in captivity, either accidentally or more often, purposefully as a rare attraction What are your thoughts on this beautiful offspring Follow our page for more facts and pictures Join our watsap fans group
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