The tigon is a hybrid of a male tiger and a female lion, and is less common than the liger, a hybrid of a male lion and a female tiger.
For all the tigon’s rarity, the first citation of that word in the Oxford English Dictionary dates from 1927, while the first citation of a liger dates from 1938.
A cross between a tiger and a stuffed toy is, according to The House at Pooh Corner, a Tigger, and dates from 1928.
The only reason that ligers, tigons, white lions or white tigers exist at all is because stupid people will pay to see them. They serve no conservation value and breeding them only results in these huge and majestic cats spending 10-20 years behind bars.
wowwwwww it is too intersting.
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a tigon is very rare because i have never seen one
Haha! Hmmm… I do like Tigger, but feel as though I´m going against science, as that´s clearly a tiger crossed with a soft toy. Might have to be Ligtig 🙂
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There’s a special place in hell for people that crossbreed these beautiful animals.
I feel it is a misconception that ‘stupid’ people will pay to see them. I believe it’s more appropriate to convey that people who pay to see them haven’t properly been informed of the tactics and misfortune that is involved to bring one of these animals to existence and exploit them. I’m also sure, somewhere in nature, this has probably occurred outside controls and therefore could be considered as a natural fluke. Putting down the public for their ignorance is just as bad.
I heard their are only 7 left!