Are Ligers Being Intentionally Bred?
There is no doubt that ligers do not exist in the wild. Even though there are conflicting reports that in certain geographic locations all around the world, tigers and lions’ territories are being overlapped. The consensus is also that ligers lived there centuries ago. However, there hasn’t been any evidence or proof that is being created. Dir forest in India is one such example. Even the first ever liger was born in India as well but that was the breeding in between the captive wild cats.f-Share Tweet Linkedin Google+ Pinterest VK
Another important factor is that lions and tigers are big enemies of one another in the wild. According to one documentary about Last Lions of India, it is specifically stated that tiger has a weight advantage of 50 pounds over the male lions and can kill the lion with this advantage. However, no records have yet been noticed or heard yet in which either a lion has killed a tiger or tiger has killed a lion.f-Share Tweet Linkedin Google+ Pinterest VK
On the other hand, some people are using the wild cats as a trade. This business goes as far as to multibillion dollar industry. People find it very luxurious to have exotic pets at home. Tigers, lions and ligers are part of it. Ligers are sold much expensively as compared to the lions and tigers. This business creates a lot of attraction for liger production and they intentionally breed lions and tigers to produce ligers.f-Share Tweet Linkedin Google+ Pinterest VK
Therefore, the general conclusion of this article is that it all depends upon the intentions of the individuals. Some do it for the purpose of dollars while for others it just happens at a sanctuary. In either way ligers have already placed their worth in this world or a lot of people are intentionally willing to know more about ligers as well.f-Share Tweet Linkedin Google+ Pinterest VK
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