Ligers, Grolar bears and other hybrids are the result of a genetic anomaly that occurs when two different animals have embryos that combine into one.
The result is a animal with new and unique physical characteristics. Many times these animals can be much larger than either of the parents. A cross between a domestic cat and a tiger, for example, will weigh roughly 400 pounds, while it’s parents might only weigh 100 pounds each.
In some cases the result is an animal with certain features of a certain type of animal but with a coat or head that looks like another type of animal. This is called hybrid vigor. It’s why you often see horses bred with donkeys to produce mules for heavy labor. They’re stronger than either parent.
A horse and zebra can produce a zorse (a zebra-horse hybrid), which looks like a horse but has stripes like a zebra. A horse and donkey can also produce something called a hinny (horse-donkey hybrid). And if you breed a male horse with a female donkey, you get something called a mule (a combination of words: “male” and “female”).
Hybridization doesn’t just happen in the animal kingdom though. We’ve done experiments on corn
Scientists have created a hybrid between a lion and a pig called a “liger” and are now trying to create a cross between an elephant and a rhino, just to name of few.
They have been splicing the DNA of various animals together to see what they can come up with.
It is hard to imagine why anyone would waste their time creating these freaks of nature, but I guess that is what happens when you give scientists too much money and not enough common sense.
Ligers are a hybrid of a male lion and a female tiger. A term which is often misused to classify other hybrids such as the Grolar bear from the hybridisation of polar bears with grizzly bears.
The term “liger” was coined by Frank Buck in 1944. He used this word for its rhyming qualities as he thought it was humorous to say “tiger” and “lion”. In fact, the liger is not a true species but rather is an unpredictable hybrid of two separate species, which can be male or female.
Tigers and lions can only produce male ligers because they have different numbers of chromosomes (88 each). Female ligers have been successfully produced by artificial insemination using frozen sperm from male tigers and lions.
Ligers are around ten times the size of either parent, and they cannot successfully mate with either parent species. They can, however, successfully mate with another liger or a tigon (lion x tiger) which results in a tiglon – smaller than either parent but larger than both parents.
Ligers grow very quickly, reaching nearly four times their birth weight in only six months. In another year they are over six feet long and weigh more than 300 pounds. They reach
Ligers are the offspring of a male lion and a tigress. A tiger is less closely related to a lion than a lion is related to a leopard, so ligers are bigger than leopards or jaguars but smaller than lions.
Ligers have been reported since the late 19th century in various zoos and animal parks around the world. But they’re rare – because it’s hard to get male lions and female tigers to reproduce together.
In zoos, lions and tigers are almost always kept separate except during mating season, when they’re driven into close quarters under intense physical and psychological pressure. Then there’s still no guarantee of success.
Lions and tigers belong to different subspecies of the same species: Panthera leo.* Subspecies tend to be more genetically distant from one another than are two different species, so hybrids between subspecies are more likely to be sterile – which is why ligers are rare.
But suppose you were crazy enough to want your very own liger? What then? You could try kidnapping a lioness, dragging her back to your den, and forcing her to mate with your male tiger. But that would be illegal in most countries and immoral in all countries; besides, it would be difficult
Ligers are the result of mating a male lion and a female tiger. It is the largest cat in its category, weighing up to 790 pounds. They have been recorded as living up to 25 years in captivity, but most have shorter life spans due to the stress of their size. Ligers belong to the subspecies of tiger known as the Bengal tiger. They are also cross-bred with other large cats such as lions, Bengals and ligers.
The liger has a much longer coat than both parent species, which can grow up to six inches in length. Ligers also possess a mane that is considerably thicker than that of the lion and like its father, the liger has no underbelly hair at all. They are not albinos, but they are reported to be extremely sensitive to sunlight and may develop skin cancer if exposed too severely. A liger’s roar is far different from that of a lion or tiger; it sounds more like a loud bark or house dog.
Lion/tigress hybrids have been bred in captivity before but results have been unpredictable — some live into adulthood while some die shortly after birth — and many end up sterile or with behavioral problems due to being unnatural crosses between two different species.
A liger is a cross between a male lion and a tigress, a tigon is a cross between a male tiger and lioness, and a liliger is the offspring of a male lion and female tiger.
Ligers are bigger than their parents, males can weigh up to 700 pounds while females can weigh up to 550 pounds.
The liger is a cross between a male lion and a female tiger. The resulting animal, which can weigh as much as 1,000 pounds, looks like it’s wearing a collar that says “Do Not Open.”
A liger is not to be trifled with. When Teddy Roosevelt visited the Toledo Zoo in 1914, he refused to get into the cage with one. His aides had to assure him that the lion was safely behind bars.
Ligers are extremely rare animals, though they do sometimes occur in the wild when a tiger mates with a male lion or vice versa. There are no entirely reliable figures on how many ligers there are in captivity. One publication has put it at 100 worldwide, while another suggests there could be as many as 600. Either way, it’s clear that this is one of life’s great pleasures.
The animal has its own Facebook page, where you can see pictures of ligers striking poses that would leave even an NBA superstar looking awkward: sprawled out on their backs with four legs pointing to the ceiling; curled up asleep like giant housecat; standing on hind legs with fore paws draped over the shoulders of zoo visitors.
But why should there be such a thing as a liger? Why can’t nature make up