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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Year of the Tiger; Month of the Lion

Born in the Year of the Tiger & in the Month of the Lion (Leo).

Info from Wikipedia

The TIGER (Panthera tigris) is a member of the Felidae family; the largest of the four "big cats" in the genus Panthera: the tiger, lion, leopard, and jaguar.

The LION (Panthera leo) is also a member of the Felidae family; and the second-largest living cat after the tiger.

LIONS have been known to breed with TIGERS (most often the Siberian and Bengal subspecies) to create hybrids called LIGERS and TIGONS.

The LIGER is a cross between a male LION and a TIGRESS. Because the growth-inhibiting gene from the female TIGER is absent, a growth-promoting gene is passed on by the male LION, the resulting LIGERS grow far larger than either parent. They share physical and behavioural qualities of both parent species (spots and stripes on a sandy background). Male LIGERS are sterile, but female LIGERS are often fertile. Males have about a 50 percent chance of having a mane, but if they grow one, their manes will be modest: around 50 percent of a pure LION mane. LIGERS are typically between 3.0 and 3.7 m (10 to 12 feet) in length, and can be between 360 and 450 kg (800 to 1,000 pounds) or more.

The less common TIGON is a cross between the LIONESS and the male TIGER.

During confrontations with others, the mane makes the LION look larger. The LION is the tallest (at the shoulder) of the felines, and also is the second-heaviest feline after the TIGER.


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