Okay, not bears. Not today anyway! We are still exploring the big cats and since we’ve been discovering tigers, let me introduce you to the liger and the tigon!*
The liger and the tigon are half tiger and half lion. But to be a liger the mother has to be a tiger and the father has to be a lion. The opposite is true of the tigon.
So what is the difference between the two?
Actually, there’s a BIG difference. And that difference includes size! You remember that the largest big cat is the tiger, right? Well, a large tiger can weigh about 750 lbs. A liger can weigh 1000 lbs.
Take a look at Hercules, above. The liger is the biggest big cat of all!
The tigon is more like a tiger in size and coloration.
But there’s more. The cubs of a tigon crossed with a tiger are known as ti-tigons. and and a lion/tigon cross is a li-tigon!
Want to know more? Here’s a great link to ti-tigons and li-ligers!