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Two formidable predators: Lion vs Tiger

Updated on May 3, 2014
African Lion
African Lion
Bengal Tiger
Bengal Tiger
Siberian Tiger
Siberian Tiger

King of the beasts

Lions and tigers are largest of the big cat family. Both are formidable and vicious among all the beasts. Although lions and tigers belong to the big cat family but both of these predators usually live and grow up in two fairly different natural habitats. Lions normally live in group or family which is called a 'Lion pride'. A lion pride usually consists of 8 to 10 members including two or three grown females, some young males, cubs and one or two grown male lions. Largest male of the pride usually leads the pride and acts as a spearhead. Lions are naturally aggressive and vicious predators and they mostly fight to kill. Lions hunt their prey in group and the prey is shared by the pride. Lions mostly live in the open wide grasslands. They are slightly smaller in size than the tigers. Lions have no natural predator except humans so a lion can be called 'king of the beasts'.

Tigers are mostly found in dense jungle where there are tall trees and a source of water like river or canal nearby as well, they like to cool down in water in hot weather. Siberian tigers are found in Siberia, Russia. Siberian tiger is largest of all the big cats in size and weight, it weighs up to 350 kg. Tigers unlike lions like to live alone or with one or two females for mating purposes. Tigers are solitary hunters and most of their attack is ambushed as they mostly live in dense jungle where trees and bushes help them to ambush their prey. Tigers are also very aggressive, formidable and skillful fighters. The difference between fighting techniques of lions and tigers is that the lions don't frequently lift their both paws at a time during the fight but they give a forceful strike with one paw at a time. While the tigers usually fight like boxers and use their both paws in fight frequently but the striking force of their paw is less than that of lions.

Because of the different natural habitats of these two formidable predators, they have their own way of spending life in the wild but both of them are kings of their respective empires.


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