GROWTH DYSPLASIA IN HYBRID BIG CATS.
WHY ARE LIGERS SO MUCH BIGGER THAN TIGONS?
The large size of the liger and small size of the tigon is due to “genomic imprinting” – the unequal expression of genes depending on parent of origin i.e.
whether certain growth genes are inherited from the male or the female.
Why does a liger grow so big?
According to National Geographic which is one of the biggest animal research network in the world; ligers lack growth inhibiting genes which do not put a cap (limit) on their body growth and this is the key reason that they tend to grow bigger and stronger than lions and tigers.
Do ligers ever stop growing?
Ligers do not grow all of their lives. They grow normally and their growth stops after a certain period of time.
How big can a liger get?
Surprisingly, ligers grow to be much larger than either parent species, making them the largest known cat in the world. Ligers weigh 800-900 pounds (twice as much as lions or tigers) and are around 11 feet long and 5 feet tall.
Are ligers huge?
Ligers are the offspring of a female tiger and a male lion. They are the biggest of all the big cats. Tigons are the opposite. They are the offspring of a female lion and a male tiger, and are about the same size as the average lion.