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The Liger - Wanted poster


Characteristics

Surname: Leader
Other names: /
Latin name: Panthera leo × tigris
class: Mammals
size: 3 - 3,6m
mass: 300 - 400kg
Older: up to 20 years
Appearance: orange to sand colored fur
Sexual dimorphism:
Nutrition type: Carnivore
food: Animal protein
distribution: only in captivity
original origin: /
Sleep-wake rhythm: diurnal
habitat: no free-living population
natural enemies: /
sexual maturity: male leagues are infertile
mating season: /
gestation period: ?
litter size: ?
social behavior: ?
Threatened with extinction: /
Further profiles of animals can be found in the Encyclopaedia.

Interesting facts about the Liger

  • The Liger describes a scientifically unspecified hybrid form, which emerges from a cross between a male lion and a female tiger.
  • The Liger is not found as a hybrid in the wild. All of today's specimens were bred by targeted measures in zoo facilities. In the 19th century, some animals were also created by chance in zoos.
  • Since lions live only in Africa and tigers are exclusively native to Asia, crossing in the wild is not possible.
  • With a body length of up to 3.6 meters and a weight of up to 400 kilograms, the Liger is considered the largest cat living in the world. In size it is comparable to already extinct prehistoric big cats such as the saber-toothed tiger or the American lion.
  • Since male leagues are infertile, reproduction is not possible. Only the females can mate with male tigers and lions and produce offspring.
  • Conjectures suggest that the conspicuous size of the ligature is caused by the absence of certain growth-inhibiting genes. These are usually passed on by both parents of a big cat species.
  • Depending on which intersection a Liger has emerged from, he shows certain characteristics of the parent animals. So a male animal can have a mane or just a whiskered beard. The coat color may also appear in a sandy light brown as in the lion or in various orange tones, as they are common in tigers.
  • Ligern almost always misses the characteristic tassel that shows up at the end of a lion's tail.
  • Also in terms of behavior, various influences of both species can affect a league. Many leagues are loners like tigers, others prefer the life of the pack, as is the case with the lions.
  • Due to the different traits, it is possible that juveniles born of female livers can adopt the behavior of the father's animal, resulting in stress reactions in the mother.
  • Today, about a hundred leagues live in zoos worldwide.
  • The lifespan of the Ligers is a maximum of twenty years. The main cause of death is kidney failure, which is most likely a breeding disease.