#atozchallenge: Tigon

tigon =
tiger + lion


By The bellman – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44158

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!


12 thoughts on “#atozchallenge: Tigon

  1. I decided to come and look for for you because you haven’t been on SOCS. Anyway, I have not heard of Tigons. That is pretty cool. Lions and Tigers, Oh my. 🙂


  2. The thought of melding all three together – not a great idea .. but can see how ligers and tigons can happen … cheers Hilary


  3. That is very interesting and glad you shared. 🙂 I have heard of ligers and tigons but did not know that the name comes from the male first. Good one!


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