Saturday, April 23, 2016

#atozchallenge: Tigon

tigon =
tiger + lion


By The bellman – Own work, Public Domain,

Lions are from Africa, while tigers are from Asia, so as a rule they don’t come in contact with one another except in captivity. When they do, there is a certain amount of interspecies hanky-panky, shall we say, and they will mate with each other and produce offspring that share attributes with both big cats. When a male tiger mates with a female lion, the offspring are called tigons, and when a male lion mates with a female tiger, we call the offspring ligers.

Ligers and tigons enjoy swimming, like tigers, and living together in groups, like lions. Visually, they might have stripes and spots (lions carry the gene for spots, and often the children have them). Male tigons might have short manes closer to the male tiger’s ruff, but they look like a combination of both animals. For a long time they were both thought to be sterile, but there have been instances where a tigon or liger will mate with a lion or tiger and produce offspring. A titigon is the offspring of a tiger and a tigon, for example.

Can you imagine a combination of a lion, a tiger, and a bear? Oh my!


from The Sound of One Hand Typing

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