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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.


  1. I respect the lions hunting skills,team work and protecting their blood line by being a highly social cats but when it comes to one on one combat the tiger usually come out on top is a provin fact since the roman times and present.tigers are more powerfull,bigger etc.theres no need for a debate.

  2. You clearly don't know what you are talking about. It has been proven time and time again that lions almost always beat lions during a fight. They are bigger, stronger, smarter and much faster. Get your facts straight before trying to mislead people.

  3. The tiger is more power physically, it's been proven, more agile, probably from hunting all the time alone, while the lion(male usually don't hunt, unless with exceptionally large preys) smarter (with a MUCH higher brain to rest of body ratio, and also overall size, remember tiger are larger), and while most of us seems to think instinctively that the lion's mane helps them in a fight, expert actually suggest that it hinders the lion and make them slower, and the mane is only useful for attracting mates, so you have one that is larger stronger smarter and also faster and more agile, it's not difficult to tell who wins, that and historically tiger generally wins, but regardless, even if a tiger wins hands down again a lion, that doesn't matter because lions moves in prides, and tiger alone, which is the real deciding factor in the fight, no one will think that if a tiger attack a pride which a tiger is too smart to do anyways, that the rest of the male lions and the females will just stand by and watch, so lion always wins against tiger, just never one on one

  4. One on one tiger wins hands down power speed agility smart, but lion isn't about going alone, they are the only big cats to live in large groups, and no fucking way a tiger no matter how exceptionally large, can take on a pride worth of lions

  5. Lions and tigers are both of the same genetic make up. They are cats…They are both pack hunters, they are both masculine, they both are noctuenal and hunt at night. I wish you would explain to me how creatures of similar characteristics would ever find themselves in a fight, or how one wouldbe clearly dominant over the other.

  6. Basicly a lion is the king of the afican savanha

  7. Ur right lions mane has a protection for its neck.

  8. lion vs. tiger. The tiger has a size advantage. But it is slight though an African lion is bigger than any other tiger, except for the Siberian Tiger.

    Siberian Tiger weighs about 500 to 700 pounds .

    African lion can weigh 500 to 660 pounds.

    Siberian Tigers usually weigh 10 to 60 pounds more than an African lion.

    This size advantage dose not make it that easy for the Tiger to beat up the lion.

    Male African lion spends there first 4 to 5 years learning how to fight.

    Male African lions are way braver than tigers they will usually accept a challenge, they usually wont run away.

    Anyway The lion will win 6 out of 10 times against Tiger.

    Tiger fans just to tell you all of these videos of tiger beating lions usually Happens in south or north Korea in zoos. Very curious about these things, sometimes I thing that these battles are planned by stupid tiger fans in north or south Korean zoo. This is just my opinion not saying it is right or wrong

  9. oh please… BCR just love tigers more than any other cat. almost all of their youtube videos that are about big cats, have tiger in their title. the tiger is afraid of MANY animals. guess why… because they try to avoid fights with anyone. and that thing about the lions mane gives protection. just think about it scientifically, dont you think that if something is covering something would protect it from whats coming from outside? and lions are social animals. that means that they comunicate with each other, they plan how to hunt down a large animal. social creatures ARE smarter than solitary animals. everyone has a brain that inshallah works. try to use it and not just listen and believe

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