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Where do Ligers Come From?
Irresponsible breeders is the short answer.
A liger is the result of breeding a male lion to a tigress. A tigon is the result of breeding a male tiger to a lioness. Since lions and tigers do not exist in the same areas, this is not something that happens in the wild. It is done in captivity by disreputable carnies to produce a freak that ignorant people will pay to see. These cats suffer from many birth defects and usually die young. Because ligers are usually Read More
Freckles the Liger
DOB 1/1/93 -7/5/2011
Arrived at Big Cat Rescue 12/19/2008
Most ligers suffer from a condition called Giganticism where they grow to over a 1,000 lbs in the first couple years of life.
Since it is un natural for lions and tigers to cross breed (being that they are typically not on the same continent) the cubs are usually too large for the mother to deliver without a c-section and they die very young from a multitude of birth defects and due to the rapid growth.
Freckles only weighs about the same as a lion and Read More
Lion vs Tiger? ... Which is your favorite?
Please don't ask the age old, childish question about which one would win in a fight. We don't even what to think about cats fighting.
Learn the TRUTH about LIGERS here: http://bigcatrescue.org/liger-facts/
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caretaker Rick Armstrong kneels next to an African civet as it stalks around the interior of its enclosure.
/ Matthew Berry, The Advocate
JOHNSTOWN -- For years, Evelyn Shaw has volunteered at Butternut Farms Wildcat Sanctuary in Johnstown and cared for large cats of her own, including a mountain lion.
But after then-Gov. Ted Strickland issued an emergency executive order Jan. 6 making it illegal to possess, sell or transfer "dangerous wild animals," the Pataskala woman is anxious to learn how the new ban will affect Read More
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 Read More