Showing posts with label Liger. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Liger. Show all posts

Wednesday 9 November 2011

Can a tiger and a lion mate?

The answer is, yes. In captivity people do put tigers and lions together in the same cage and hope that they will mate to produce a hybrid. The hybrid is called a liger. There are other versions of this hybrid. For example a white tiger crossed with a lion and so on.

The liger has hybrid vigor. It is a very large animal. The world's biggest individual cat is a liger called "Hercules". Doc Antle, a showman, cares for him. I don't know if he bred him. He lives in America.

Tiger and lion mated to produce Hercules a liger.

The liger is larger than either the tiger or lion. But the ligers that I have seen are flabby and look odd. And I don't mean that the coat pattern is odd although it is strange.

I mean that the body conformation is odd. I would not be surprised if there are some problems in breeding ligers that we don't hear about. As you can see Hercules is massive and it does not look right to me.

The liger is bred as a spectacle in a zoo. They are created for business purposes. There is no other reason for its creation and I don't like it one bit. It feels wrong to me; an abuse of two beautiful cats that would normally never meet up in the wild as the lion is found on the African continent and the tiger lives in Asia.

Monday 14 July 2008

What do Ligers eat

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What do Ligers eat - photo by Jim Murphy

The simple answer to the question, "what do Ligers eat?", is what they are given by the zoo keeper (which will be meat). It is highly likely that all Ligers are man made hybrids that are bred to entertain people. This is the harsh truth; it is purely about commerce and Tigers and Lions are exploited. Although the pretext for keeping large cats in zoos is one of conservation and preservation. For the Liger there can be no argument about preservation as the animal doesn't exist in the wild.Liger

Although Tigers and Lions can mate in the wild this is almost certainly not going to happen today due to the dramatically reduced population of both species and the fact that they have different habitats, which do not integrate. When a female Tiger and male Lion do mate they produce the Liger.

A cat is a obligate (must eat meat) carnivore. In the wild a Tiger's favorite food is Deer and Wild Boar but this cat will eat a wide range of large and small mammals and including fish, frogs and crabs and some vegetation such as grass to aid digestion.

The Lion in the wild will eat any medium to large mammal, such as Buffalo, Zebra, Wildebeest, Impala, Gazelle. See a full page on What Do Lions Eat?

So, in conclusion, the Lion and Tiger eat similar prey. The difference is probably dependent on the slightly differing habitats. In other words what is living in the habitat with the Lion or Tiger if it is a med-large mammal (usually) gets eaten. These cats are looking for meat (flesh)

Back then to the original question, "What do Ligers eat?" They eat the flesh of other animals that zoo keepers usually give large cats. This is probably the flesh of cattle (livestock, including the hide and bone to mimic the wild and as roughage) as it has got to be readily available (although it probably comes from various sources). In some less scrupulous zoos processed, frozen meat is fed to these animals.

Both these cats would and do eat livestock in the wild as their habitats overlap with that of farmers.

What do Ligers eat - Photo second down: published under a Wikimedia creative commons license (2.5). The photo is by Andy Carvin at a Renaissance Festival in Massachusetts. The person behind the Liger is the trainer. This cat is called Hercules and he weighs 900 lbs, currently the biggest cat in the world apparently. I believe the same cat is in the heading picture also as the same trainer is present.

What do Ligers eat - Sources:
  • Various including Wikipedia, Seaworld and Bigcatrescue
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