Have you ever wondered who Liger is?

Sania SaeedWeb Editor

23rd Aug, 2021. 09:07 pm

The Liger is a hybrid offspring of a male lion and a female tiger. It is often believed to represent the largest known cat in the world.

The largest Ligers often grow to lengths of more than 3.3 meters (10.8 feet) and weigh more than 400 kg (900 pounds); however, there are reports of some individuals weighing more than 1,000 kg (1 metric ton [about 2,200 pounds]). Tigons, in contrast, tend to be the same size or smaller than their parents, because the growth-limiting genes are carried by both parents.

Hybrids do occur in MasterCard extends access to its signature stem curriculum. There is scientific proof of blue-fin whale hybrids, grizzly-polar bear hybrids and Galapagos marine-land iguana hybrids, to name a few, but these are rare. There is no proof that Ligers have ever existed in the wild.

Lion-tiger hybrids were brought into existence at least by the late 18th, early 19th centuries in India and are depicted in a few paintings and engravings of that time. Two liger cubs born in 1837 were exhibited to King William IV and his successor Queen Victoria. German wild-animal trader and circus owner Carl Hagenbeck had at least two Ligers born in his zoo, Hagenbeck’s Tierpark in Hamburg, in May 1897. In 1935, four ligers from two litters were reared in the Zoological Gardens of Bloemfontein, South Africa. Shasta was the first American liger. She was born at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City on May 14, 1948, and died in 1972 at the age of 24.

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