World's Largest Cat! The Biggest Cat In The World!
World's Largest Cats!
At 100 times the size of an ordinary house-cat and twice the weight of tigers and lions, the biggest cat is the liger. A liger is a hybrid or a cross between a (female) Panthera tigris and a (male) Panthera leo, or simply put, a cross between a male lion and a female tiger. There have been some ligers that have weighed over 900 pounds!
Lions and Tigers Oh My!
Lions and tigers rarely exist in the same habitats or territories naturally. Lions are normally found in the continent of Africa and tigers are usually found in Asia or S.E. Asia. It would be a very rare occurrence for a lion and tiger to mate in the wild, although not impossible. Centuries ago, their specific territories may have once overlapped, so who knows? Generally, however, ligers are found in captivity because they were bred from zoo specimens.
Ligers can live for about 20 years, or so. They enjoy just about the same things as other large cats. They tend to have the markings of a tiger (stripes) but have an underlying coat or color of a lion. The reason they grow so large is do to some genetic reasons. Apparently in some hybrids like ligers, the genes that are responsible for growth are available, but possibly the genetic corresponding, check or balance to growth gene, is not present.
Ligers are carnivores and will most likely eat or be fed meat. Perhaps they might enjoy The World's Largest Rodent-Largest Rat In The World?
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