Tigon (Male Tiger + Female Lion)
Tigons are the result of a rendezvous between a female lioness and a male tiger, and they are much smaller than their hybrid counterpart, the Liger. Often, they barely grow bigger than their mother, but they more than make up for this with their temper, as they’re known to be extremely aggressive.
Tigons have dark brown striped coats, and have spots on their face like their Dads, while a lot of them have a small rufflike mane around their neck area. As for behaviour, while lions are social, tigers are typically loners, so what about the Tigons? Well, they actually inherit both traits from their parents, but sometimes, as a result, they can suffer from low mood. And while lions hate the water, Tigons completely differ, they love it, and are impressive swimmers!
Like Ligers, Tigons only appear in captivity, as the wild territories of a lion and tiger rarely overlap. Liger births can occur either through natural pairings, or artificial insemination – and they aren’t that new, they’ve been in existence since the 19th century, first appearing in India. They are much less common than Ligers though, and are extremely genetically fragile, with just a one in 500, 000 chance of survival. Female Tigons can give birth to offspring, including hybrid young conceived with a lion or tiger – did you know that when a male tiger pairs with a female Tigon the result is called a Titigon?