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

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ANSWER: 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.


  1. Tigers are heavier and a little faster but the Lion is taller and relentless. The lion will kill a tiger to a fight to the death all day long. They are more tiger fans out there than Lion fans but the lion is simply the better fighter. The Roman script shows that it was surprising to see the tiger win. Every body was betting on Lions and he put his money on the tiger and he won. We don’t know the size of the lion but a Large adult male Lion will kill a bigger tiger any time. Tigers go for the throat which is impossible against an adult lion with mane.
    On the other hand, Lions are used to attacking from all directions. I have scoured the internet looking for a ” tiger kill Lion video to no avail”.

  2. Lions are fighters by nature- they will fight to death. Its a question of size. A tiger will slip away when it turns ugly! A lion will holdon. Thats why its called the king of the Jungle!

  3. I'm not sure why you're giving me information about what Lions do as a pack. We're talking about a one on one fight first and foremost. Some really obvious facts I'd like to point out. The average Tiger is larger, for siberian and Bengal tigers. Tigers fight with both paws, Lions strike with one. Tigers are scientifically proven to be smarter, or in lamens terms they have larger brains. As for the Rome report it was stated that their were many battles and that the tigers almost always won. I'd love the website that states it was a one time thing, a website that states there was one Lion vs tiger fight lmao. There is none! A tiger losing to a lion would be like a lion losing to a leopard. Size does matter in fights, especially animal fights. Tigers have larger paws, brains, muscles, and body mass. What more needs to be said? Tigers specialize in one on one fights! Lions do not! It's much more political than one on one. Before you reply, please search for your common sense, it's missing. And provide a link with your statements. There are sites that think Lions would win,but they are very few in numbers.

  4. Tigers are basically active killers. They kill to hunt to survive.

    Lions are much more political. Alpha males need to be strong to certain degree just to stay alpha in his pride.

    In a fight, a tiger will own a lion

  5. Lions have killed hippos elephants giraffes as a group their are cases of lions killing tigers and each other and yes there was that one script in rhome where a tiger killed a lion and that was done on that day from the reporter it says nothing about tigers killing lions on a average meet. Im just guessing that you tiger fans havent read about that rhome script yet your telling me to read facts. Brockhard you do have some good points ,eg environment weight length not size and hunting habit,technique. That is true referring to africa. Also one more point the lions that fought in the arena was from ancient europe as lions habitat use to be far and wide. They adapt far more better than any other cat in the wild and only ended due to human influences. For example african lions hunt in prides of 15 to 20 where as asiatic lion prides are far more smaller that is due to habitat like africa there is not much cover the prey has large herds like buffalo elephants and rhinos with attitude problems and they will defend eachother large herds equals large carnivor groups. Asiatic lions are really different to their cousin they have a matriac female with a few females and they dont really interact with males only on mating the males actually hunt for themselves do you see the similarities between them and tigers but lions still pack up though like males 2 or 3 females 4 to 6 and cubs with a male. Ill do one on tiger soon put the facts then ill do my own conclusion and you do yours i will say this the lion is definetly the most successful well established and most adaptive out of the 2 what i mean by successful is they dont need any interference from human to bring them back they just need their habitat back the asiatic lions will bounce back

  6. Surendar Cyrus Hbk well kings lead, so following that logic, lion is more king than tiger

  7. Then why'd people called the lion king of the jungle, instead of tiger then?

  8. How about both of them are bout same size ,and same age? Despite size and age, who would win then?

  9. Anthony Stirling If they were of the same genetic make up, I'm pretty sure they'd be the same animal. Tigers are not pack hunters. I don't know where you've attained this information.

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