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The Biggest Cat in the World

Updated on April 9, 2018

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!

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Lion

Panthera Leo
Panthera Leo

Tiger

Panthera Tigris
Panthera Tigris

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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    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      20 months ago from Houston, Texas

      It would be fun to see a liger in person someday...probably in a zoo setting. We have seen white lions and tigers at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. I wrote a hub about it. They are beautiful animals and also bred mostly in captivity.

    • Claire Waters profile image

      Jamie 

      20 months ago

      This is very interesting! I'd love to see one in person. Thanks PhoenixV for getting me back into Hubpages. :)

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      Susie Lehto 

      2 years ago from Minnesota

      I have never seen a Liger, but would love to. I have watched some videos about them. They are beautiful creatures, but there isn't anything wrond with how tigers and lions look.

    • Solaras profile image

      Solaras 

      2 years ago

      Can they reproduce, or are they sterile like mules?

    • PhoenixV profile imageAUTHOR

      PhoenixV 

      2 years ago from USA

      Thanks Mr. Rankin.

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Cool article. Cool creature.

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      NuIfEm 

      2 years ago

      I love cats and I like big cats too. Sometimes, I watch documentaries about people tamed lion and tigers. But if I ever see a liger come closer in a zoo, I might be scared and run away as it must be really huge compare to normal cats :p Anyway, thanks for sharing information about this animal

    • PhoenixV profile imageAUTHOR

      PhoenixV 

      2 years ago from USA

      Thank you so much for the comments everyone.

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      stella vadakin 

      2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      They are big beautiful animals and I wish we had more of these animals. The other cats seem so small after looking at one of these. Great Article.

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      Susie Lehto 

      3 years ago from Minnesota

      It is amazing that Lions and Tigers produce Ligers.

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      Paula 

      4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      I agree with Phyllis, these must be very huge! I don't think I have ever seen one before, or I would have remembered it. Glad to learn something new today! I bet they are beautiful though. Thanks for sharing.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile image

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Ligers are huge! I have never seen one in person/zoo. Very interesting hub. Thanks.

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      Blackspaniel1 

      4 years ago

      I had never before heard of these.

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