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If a lion and tiger got into a fight, who would win?

If a lion and tiger got into a fight, who would win?

 

 

A: While we would much prefer that people focus their thoughts on saving these magnificent animals than on who would win if a lion and tiger fight, the power of these two largest cats seems to raise this question in people’s minds. While it would depend on the size, age and aggressiveness of the specific animals involved, generally tigers have a significant advantage. On average tigers are larger, but more importantly they are more capable of fighting standing on their hind legs. Some people have argued that the male lion’s mane offers some advantage in protecting his neck, but this is disputed. Some reports claim that when lions and tigers were pitted against each other in the Coliseum in ancient Rome, the tigers always won. In recent centuries there are almost no opportunities for tigers and lions to cross paths in the wild because tigers are found in Asia while Lions are found in Africa except for a very small population in one area in Asia.

Our white tiger Zabu lives with her male lion companion Cameron at Big Cat Rescue. They get along well, but part of their play simulates fighting. These two were saved from being bred to create ligers.

11 Comments

  1. 'physically- lions mane better protection to the neck than tigers whiskers.'
    not true. The article above even says this is disputed.

    psychologically- wild tiger probably never fought another predator, lions fight to survive.'
    Again not true. Tigers often attack large dangerous animals like water buffalo, so obviously have evolved to tackle large animals and bring them down quickly to reduce the chance of injury.

    'mentally – lions warm climate gives them faster reflex and more intelligent'
    Again, not true. Lions and tigers are both warm blooded so reaction time isn't affected by temperature (unlike reptiles, for instance). Also tigers, despite having a smaller skull actually have a larger brain and is it often agreed that they are more intelligent. Being able to hunt alone instead of relying on others supports this.

  2. The mane is an attraction for females, the darker the mane, the more testosterone.

    A tiger also has a 16% larger brain than a lion, so they're more intelligent.

  3. physically- lions mane better protection to the neck than tigers whiskers.
    psychologically- wild tiger probably never fought another predator, lions fight to survive.
    mentally – lions warm climate gives them faster reflex and more intelligent.

  4. The Lion would win that is why he is the king of the jungle.

  5. it would depend on the lion and tiger.sometimes the lion would win and sometimes the tiger would win.

    • Over 806 reports state that out 1902 fights in the Coloseum, the Tiger won 91% of them meaning it won 1730 while the Lion won a poor number of 172.

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