Lion vs Tiger

lion vs tiger

Lion vs Tiger – Lion photo by Samuel Judge – Tiger photo by Captain Chickenpants

June to 23rd July 2012 – Sorry this page was messed up by the move. No idea why it happened. I have now fixed it and the voting results from the first poll are here (see below). I have added a fresh voting poll:

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In a fight between a lion and tiger, on average the tiger is more likely to is my argument………


You disagree? Please say why in a comment. Click here to see visitors’ submissionThis submission by Leonardo in South Africa is probably the best and conclusive.

I thought I would enter the discussion on this subject. It is of interest to people as it pitches two dominant predators against each other. It is a bit like one of those cult moves, Gonzilla vs King Kong. There are videos on this subject. They are, understandably, of tigers fighting lions in captivity. They are just big cats imprisoned in relatively small spaces, which leads to scuffles, but they are not fights to the death or really serious fights. Certainly there are no winners.

It is unnatural for a lion to fight a tiger as it would not happen in the wild. The lion occupies Africa (its range is being eroded by people). It is also present in India in the Gir Forest on the west coast in small numbers.

The tiger lives in Asia, meaning India going west to Indonesia and China. Except for the Gir Forest lions, these dominant predators live thousands of miles apart. They also live in different habitats. The lion lives in woodlands, shrub, dry forest and even desert while the tiger lives in a wide range of habitats from the rainforests (e.g. Sumatran tiger) to the birch woodlands of Siberia (Siberian tiger). The lion lives in drier habitats.

lion vs tiger fighting engraving

lion versus tiger

If they did live in the same place they would no doubt find ways to avoid each other or at least minimize conflict. Conflict amongst equal or near equal predators is not wise as it compromises survival. The cheetah, for example, usually gives up its kill to say hyena because of the possibility of becoming injured even slightly which would severely reduce its capacity to run. And fast running is how the cheetah survives. And the humble domestic cat if he or she is an outdoor cat will try and avoid territorial disputes by marking its range (a from of communication) with scrapes and sprays.

However, at a theoretical and fun level, the only real way to figure out who would win a lion vs tiger fight (which is what people want to know, I think) is to try and work it out based on their various skills and strengths.

Lion vs Tiger..Update:

On occasions in the past lions have been forced to fight tigers. These were staged. On a more informal and far less serious nature, at the Bronx Zoo in the 1950s a lion cub called Zambezi and a young tiger named Range who were raised together faught occasionally and Range always won due to being a smarter and better fighter. In the days of the European menageries of the rich and kings (middle ages and beyond), lions were sometimes made to fight tigers. We are told that, “apparently the tigers always won….”

(Sunquist – Wild Cats Of The World -page 287 –  the premier book on the wildcats)

Update 16th Sept 2010:

There have been three very good submissions by visitors on the Lion vs Tiger debate. Here they are:

Lion vs tiger – lion wins – this is a monster page full of detail. Have a drink before you tackle this one.

Tiger would win 80% of fights with lions

The experts say the tiger wins the lion versus tiger fight

Some comments from visitors:

“I thought the lion would win but this changed my mind but I still wished the lion won. Lions all the way!!”

“As you said the tiger hunts alone…while the lion hunts in groups and this is the how it happens in nature. So there is prey like the adult elephant that the tiger can’t bring down but I saw a pack of lions kill an adult elephant. So when you say that “tigers kill any animal” it is wrong but it is correct to say that lions kill any animal. Also if they met in nature most probably the tiger would be killed because the lion always lives in a pride .. and most of time in each pride is between 1-2 male lions and sometimes 4. Also like as you said most of the time there will be no fight .. because one of them will run because of the fear of injury. And the male lion has an advantage in his shape. In the animal world external appearance is important .. the male lion has a scary appearance because of the mane. If a fight happened, the most important factor is the size and the tiger wins on this point. But as I said early, in nature tiger would most probably encounter a group of lions and he would never win because of that.”

Ahmed (from Libya) Yousef from Kuwait makes a strong case for the lion: Lion Wins nearly all the Lion vs Tiger Fights

“My favorite family of animals has always been the cat family from a young age. In the cat family, I have always liked the tiger better than the lion. I have done a report concerning this problem before, and nearly all the websites I’ve visited supported the tiger, that is with the exception of favourites. TIGERS!!!”

Cheng Ming (from China)

“I do have a comment. While, it can be generally considered that the Tiger has more qualities to deem it the winner. I think, that since both the Tiger and the Lion are closely matched up it may depend on the animal itself. For instance, if a young un-experienced tiger is placed against a naturally more agressive lion. The chances are the lion would prevail. It may come down to the animal itself and it’s behavioral characteristics coupled with experience. A lion in a zoo may not fair so well with a wild aggressive tiger. Just a thought!”

Ali (California, USA)

“Always lion wins …..u have seen that chinese fabricated videos lion has more experience than tiger so lion only wins i haved stuied the behaviour of lion and i studied the behaviour of tiger so i believe lion wins…”
Madhusudhan (Bangalore)

“Tigers can kill any animal…This is to correct an earlier statement that tigers cannot kill elephants when in fact they have been known to bring down young elephants on their own whereas it takes the whole pride of lions to take down an adult elephant. To me that further proves that the tiger would win.”

Lynnal (Zimbabwe)

  • the biggest african lion: 375 kg
  • the biggest siberian tiger: 423 kg
  • longest african lion: 270 cm (without tail)
  • longest siberian tiger: 290 cm (without tail)
  • longest jump in the distance a african lion: 10 m.
  • longest jump in the distance a siberian tiger: 9 m
  • african lion running speed: max. 80 km/h
  • siberian tiger running speed: max. 60 km/h

I think the lion would have won.

Damian (Poland)

Initially, I thought that the outcome would be a draw – but I changed my mind. In reality, however, either one would back off or the loser would have been young and inexperienced or perhaps ill. That said a comparison of factors that make each a great predator might be useful in deciding the outcome of a lion vs tiger contest.

Here is a table comparing the lion and tiger in respect of factors (I have called them “fight factors”) that might help us decide who would win in a lion vs tiger fight. This is summarized. The information comes from Wild Cats Of The World, the premier book on wild cats. Also please remember that the Sumatran tiger is the smallest tiger and the Siberian the biggest. There is more detail below the table:

Fight Factor Lion Tiger Winner – lion vs tiger
Size – weight – see Wild Cat Species by Size for a full list of wild cat sizes Max weight: 216 Kg1 Max weight: 320 Kg1 Tiger
Fighting ability “ a variety of prey….” “Tigers kill any animal…” Tiger
Climbing ability “..not particularly adept climbers…” “Tigers rarely climb trees…but can and will” Tiger
Swimming ability “quite capable swimmers…” “Tigers swim well….” Tiger
Jumping ability “..jump fences 2-3 metres high..” “Jumping ability well developed..” Draw
Bite strength bite force quotient (BFQ) = 112 bite force quotient (BFQ)= 127 Tiger
What the experts say tigers are favoured over a lion – 75% of experts favor the tiger – source: National Geographic Tiger


Video – lion vs tiger

This is a lion and tiger play fighting in my opinion!

Climbing ability

Climbing ability indicates athleticism and cats are generally skilled climbers. Forest dwelling cats are better climbers than ground living cats. The tiger is more of a forest dwelling cat I think it fair to say, although habitats for both are wide. (see the master climbers: Margay and Clouded leopard).

The tiger has demonstrated some impressive climbing skills that are recalled in Wild Cats Of The World by the Sunquists:

  1. A tiger raced up a tree pulling down a person who was doing research. He was 4.6 metres of the ground (15 feet).
  2. Adult tiger climbs smooth barked tree to 10 metres (32 feet).

Lions when young can be “quite good climbers”.

Jumping ability

The tiger can jump (at a maximum it seems) from 8 to 10 metres (10 metres = 32 feet). More typically they jump around 4-5 metres. Lions have been observed to jump fences 2-3 metres high.

Fighting ability – Tiger vs Dogs

Tigers are generally the dominant predator (the authors, the Sunquists, of Wild Cats Of The World say). So they are not always on top. And a pack of wild dogs although only weighing 20 kg each can overcome a tiger and kill it. Here are two dramatic and sad descriptions of such events.

Dholes wild dogs
Dholes or Asiatic wild dogs – photo by yathin

A pack of 22 Asiatic wild dogs or dholes drove a tiger into a dried stream. The tiger protected his back with a tree. The dogs attacked and were repelled by the tiger. Five dogs were killed or badly injured and the tiger was badly hurt in this first attack. The tiger’s ears were torn, its body cut and an eye was closed. The dogs harassed the tiger for one hour and attacked again. The tiger repelled the attack but was hurt more. The third attack killed the tiger. Twelve dogs were killed and many others badly wounded.

In another wild dog attack on a tiger in southern India the following happened. The pack of dogs attacked the tigress from different angles and the tigress gradually became tired. The tigress in desperation at hearing more dogs arriving charged at two of the dogs and killed one with a swipe of its paw. The dog’s spine cracked like a whip. The tigress escaped but was eventually torn to bits about five miles away by the full pack of wild dogs.

Both are excellent examples of the hugely courageous and fierce fighting ability of the tiger. The tiger has been described as, “more of a wrestler than a runner..”. And it is built to pull down prey several times its own size.

Now to the lion, which is equally as courageous and as dynamic a fighter. Perhaps a useful comparison would be of the size of prey these two big cats hunt and pull down. This may help in assessing a lion vs tiger fight but it is a rather vague guide. Note: the prey that is available is a factor in this assessment.

Lion vs Tiger Maximum weights of prey in Kilograms Winner
Lion Giraffes (716)
Hippos (500)
Buffalo (500)
Cape Buffalo (600 – 900)
Tiger Average weight of tiger kills (Nagarahole National Park) was 401 kgs including several at 1000 kilograms (estimated). Moose killed by tigers weigh between 500 – 820 kgs Tiger – just
A visitor made this point:“I would like to mention that lions usually hunt in groups and single lions would have a lot of trouble with any of the animals listed in the prey (especially hippos). Alone, they can only take down smaller prey such as wildebeest (max ~300 kg) and, if they can catch them, antelope and gazelles.”Comment: This supports the tiger in a lion vs tiger fight, I would have thought.

Note: the tiger probably just wins this round! But this is not a very scientific assessment. And it is very close. Also lions hunt in groups and alone, which complicates this comparison. Also lions and tigers get killed by large prey. For example, the water buffalo and gaur can and do kill attacking tigers.

Both lion and tiger hunt and kill very large animals but also eat small animals. Lions regularly catch antelope fawns.

What Do Lions Eat.


Bite Strength

This is a comparison of bite strengths for various animals. The bite strength or force listed here takes into account the size of the animal so it is a direct and fair comparison (i.e. a compensation for animal size is built in). In a lion vs tiger test of bite force, the tiger wins – just.

Animal BFQ
Tasmanian devil 181
African hunting dog 142
clouded leopard 137
grey wolf 136
tiger 127
cheetah 119
lion 112
cougar 108
bobcatsee hybrids 100
brown bear 78
cat 58


Swimming ability

The lion has been observed swimming across the Okavango river and other major rivers.

Okavango river
Okavango river Africa – photo by rishon-lezion

The tiger swims well and probably is more water orientated than the lion living as it does in wetter climates. Tigers have been observed swimming to islands in the Sunda Straights (Wild Cats Of The World). The Sunda straight has tidal currents of more than 4 kilometres per hour. It is between Sumatra and Java.

Of the more major islands in this straight, Pulau Legundi is about 2.2 miles from the mainland and another island, Pulau Sebuku is about 5 miles from the mainland. However there are smaller islands that are much nearer at an estimated 300 yards to just under a mile from the mainland. This, though, is very impressive swimming for a cat! This is the sea not a river. See map below:

Sunda Straight between Sumatra and Java
Sunda straight – Lion vs Tiger – Wikipedia commons – author ChrisO

Tiger out swims the lion

Sunda Straight
Sunda Straight – photo by soulsurfer3

In a lion vs tiger contest the tiger out swims the lion.

Conclusion: Tiger wins a lion vs tiger fighting contest.

Note: 1. Wild Cats of the World by Mel and Fiona Sunquist

What Other Visitors Have Said

Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page…

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This is kinda funny… 
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Jesus the Lion of Judah 
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Lion vs Tiger — 29 Comments

  1. No your wrong, and the tigers weights are exaggerated anyways, both are similar lions can be as big as tigers and the lions shoulders are bigger arms longer it stands taller, mentally its more aggressive and far more skilled at fighting, in open flat ground its agility is adapted perfectly. Its also has more endurance more experience and better use of its jaws for rapid biting as well as neck movement in dodging strikes, the video footage shown shows the lion is designed to fight and can do many things the tiger can not. Check out this thread it explains it backed up with video evidence as well quotes.

  2. I vote for african male Lion
    b/c: he is a fighter by birth, kill/hunt bigger animals as compare to tiger, just like buffaloes, girrafes and even attack on elephants, in groups or alone. his hair on neck protect him from enemy, and fight b/w lions to get dominancy of a pride make them a super fighter

  3. lion is much more poverfull cat.although tiger is heavior then lion but just a fate where as lion is completly the consist of muscles.lion is the brave animal than tiger

  4. lion is more power full cat than tiger.although tiger is havior than lion but just a fate.other hand lion is completly the mixture of muscles.tiger has low courage in fight
    as compare to lion

  5. all those peoples who favour the tiger are not at right way of comments.lion is the king of beast and will remain.tiger habbets just like pussy cats but lion is the brave animal.

  6. Lion vs tiger. The lion will win because it build for fighting. Also the he has his mane that is his armor. The lion has stronger shoulders and chest. Tigers are slightly bigger.

  7. sorry your information is don real i worked 20 years with lions and tiger lion king of the king only lion can kills largest animal in the world .please go back study history fight between lions and 70 years ago lions easy kills tiger.royal tiger.poular bear.crizzly bear.lions are ultimate warrior .brave.powerful.can better climbing better than tiger of tree.lions paw biger than tiger.lion power of the jaw 109 kg stronger than tiger.african buffalo most dangerous buffalo in the world lions kills african buffalo.african buffalo very stronger than qaur .water buffalo.oh my god I must write a book about big cat.thanks

  8. O leão tem experiência em luta, tem mais resistência, tem a juba que protege o pescoço e o peito e tem a patada mais forte entre os felinos. O tigre é apavorado na briga ele corre e é submisso enquanto o leão frio e concentrado e mais agressivo, o tigre é mais forte que o leão mas tem menas resistência. O tigre é um caçador solitário que raramente entra em confronto com outro tigre e não tem competição com outros predadores, diferente do leão que vive em confrontos direto contra outros macho e outros predadores.

    Google translate:

    The lion has experience in fighting, have more endurance, has the mane which protects the neck and chest and has the strongest kick among felines. Tiger is terrified he runs the fray and is submissive while cold and concentrated and more aggressive lion, the tiger is stronger than a lion but has menas resistance. The tiger is a solitary hunter who rarely clashes with another tiger and has no competition with other predators, unlike the lion that lives in direct confrontations with other male and other predators.

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  9. O leão tem a maior envergadura entre os felino ele é mais auto do que os tigres o siberiano é o mais robusto e pesado entre os felino o begala é o mais comprido e agiu entre os felinos. Os tigre macho são melhores caçadores que os leões macho,tem mais flexibilidade pula mais alto do que um leão e tem mais explosão fisíca e sempre está caçando que da o tigre experiência como caçador. O leão foram feitos para brigar como gladiadores a forma de vida deles a evolução do leão faz dele um lutador e não um caçador, sua juba protege o peito e o pescoço tem um braço musculoso e cumprido e desenvoltura para gol-piar também da ao leão a patada mais forte entre os felinos,o leão é puro musculo ele tem menas reserva de gordura no corpo do que o tigre siberiano e begala um coração grande com relação ao corpo, consegue bombiar mais oxigênio para os musculos e o leão vive no continente mais que do mundo a Africa que também ajuda o leão ter mais resistência fisíca. Sua forma de vida e muito faz o leão passar grande parte da sua vida em confronto com outros leões e outros predares os leões são responsável por 50% das mortes entre as hienas segundo predador vido logo apos o leão,a hiena tem a mordida mais poderosa entre os predadores terrestre, 50% das mortes do guepardo 40% dos leopardos 50% mabecos cachorros selvagem e os leões tem a forma de vida mais violenta do reino animal. No Coliseu os leões da barbaria lutaram com todos tipos de predadores tigres ursos e venceu pois coliseu era localizada na antiga roma que hoje é a Italia, na Italia estão espalhada varias estatuas de leão em suas praças e simbolo de força e coragem em suas bandeiras. Os reis escupiam a cara de um leão em seus tronos na armaduras de seus soldado e gladiadores no cabo das espada nos escudos etc. Muitos fã de tigre fala do tamanho do tigre para o leão a diferença dos dois e pouca e alguns leões ficam maires do que tigres exemplo `Simba´o maior felino já registrado é um leão chamado Simba, mas tamanho não é documento exemplo pit bull e bull terry que são cachorro que consegue vencer cachorro bem maiores. Eu ví um video que um caçador atirou com um rifle contra um leão e acertou o tiro e o leão caiu, quando levantou começou a correr de encontro aos caçadores para atacalos e quase conseguiu matar um dos caçadores eu nunca ví um animal mais corajoso de que um leão ele espanta e enfrenta mais de quize hienas. Tem um video chamado tiger the king of coward que significa tigre o rei dos covardes mostra dois cachorro porte medio colocando um tigre siberiano para correr e dois dogue alemão colocando um tigre de begala para correr e a maioria dos video que vejo o tigre está apanhando do leão e correndo, não que desfazer do tigre acho ele uma perfeita maquina de matar sem falar de sua beleza e capacidade de sobrevivência e sua força, mas o leão e chamado pelos povos antigos e até nos dias de hoje como Criatura da guerra o rei dos animais.

    Google translation:

    The lion has the largest wingspan between feline he is more self than the Siberian tiger is the most robust and heavy between feline Begala is the longest and acted among felines. The male tiger hunters are better than male lions have more flexibility jumps higher than a lion and has more physical explosion and that is always hunting the tiger experience as a hunter. The lion were made to fight as gladiators in the form of their lives developments lion makes him a fighter and not a hunter, his mane protects the chest and the neck has a muscular arm and fulfilled and resourcefulness Goal-py also of the lion the strongest kick between the felines, the lion is pure muscle he has menas fat reserves in the body than the Siberian tiger and Begala a big heart with respect to the body, can bombiar more oxygen to the muscles and the lion lives in the continent more the world that Africa which also helps the lion have more stamina. Their way of life, and the lion is spending much of his life in confrontation with other lions and other predares lions are responsible for 50% of deaths between the second hyenas predator vido shortly after the lion, the hyena has the strongest bite between terrestrial predators, 50% of the deaths of the cheetah 40% 50% leopards wild dog wild dogs and lions have the most violent form of life in the animal kingdom. Lions at the Coliseum barbarism fought with all types of bears and tigers predators won because it was located in the ancient coliseum rome what is now Italy, in Italy are scattered several statues of lion in its squares and symbol of strength and courage in their flags. Kings escupiam the face of a lion on their thrones in the armor of their soldiers and gladiators in cable Swords shells etc.. Many fan of Tiger tells the size of the tiger to the lion and the difference of the two little lions and some mayors are example of what Tigers’ largest ever recorded Simba’o cat is a lion named Simba, but size does not matter example and pit bull terry bull dog that can win are much larger dog. I saw a video that a hunter shot with a rifle against a lion and hit the shot and the lion fell, when started running up against hunters atacalos and almost managed to kill one of the hunters I’ve never seen a more bold animal that a lion frightens him and faces more than quize hyenas. Has a video called the king of tiger coward means that Tiger the king of cowards shows two medium sized dog putting a Siberian tiger to run and two German mastiff putting a tiger Begala to run and most of the video I see the tiger is picking up the lion and running, not to undo tiger think he’s perfect killing machine without talking about its beauty and survivability and strength, but the lion is called by ancient peoples and even today as Creature from the king of war animals.

  10. Hows it goin Michael, long time no chat…I see your site is still going, nice job. I did a little more investigating a while ago and left some interesting things here if you’d like to read up and learn some cool stuff:

    Clyde beatty has 3 books out, 100’s of news-articles on him and video footage as well in regards to the lion/tiger conflict, which is probably the most definitive opinion based off of his own experince the world has ever seen, coming from a single person atleast. We are getting close to finding out who’d be the usual victor, but for now its still a toss up…I’m still on my break for this subject, but laters I’m sure I’ll be back to dig up more facts on these two powerful animals. Hope to see you laters and Good luck with your site as well…

    Laters ^_^

    • Hi, thanks for visiting. Yes the site is going and it still doing well 😉 under massive competition. Thanks for your future input. I’ll take a look at that as soon as I can. Any future comments you make will be published immediately

  11. O leão e tigre são dois super predadores,e cada um teve a sua evolução de acordo com suas necessidades, o leão é um gladiador e o tigre é um caçador,o tigre vive sozinho e raramente entra em confronto com outro tigre ou outro predador, seu numero é pequeno e seu territorio e vasto e mesmo quando se encontram eles se avaliam e geralmente o intruso vai em bora. O tigre e um excelente predador mas não é gladiador como o leão, se você analizar a propria anatomia do leão sugere que ele é um gladiador, se você pensar no ponto fraco desses animais, vera que é o pescoço e o leão tem uma juba que protege o peito e pescoço e intimida, por que faz parecer que o leão é ainda maior e também cofunde o adversário enrosca a pata desiquilibrando o oponente,o tigre não tem juba, no decorrer da luta no cansaço o leão poderia acertar a mordida fatal uma vantagem para o leão. O leão é o mais alto dos felinos, e o tigre é mais comprido e robusto entre os felino, mas não tem a resistência do leão, o leão vive no continente mais quente do mundo a Africa, um felino grande vivendo em ambiênte quente e seco e têm que ter muita resistência, e fora a experiência de combate, por que enquanto o leão e frio, calculista e concentrado o tigre é medroso e apavorado, ele corre fica em posição de submissão não consegue se concentrar na luta. As patada dos leões são as mais fortes entre os felino. Fora tudo isso a bbc discovery channel e a revista world win da a vitória ao leão, os fã de tigre fica elevantando a moral do tigre e desfazendo do leão com mentiras. O leão é a criatura da guerra não tem outro igual os leões são verdadeiros Mestres na luta.

    Google translation of the above:

    The lion and tiger are two super predators, and each had its evolution according to their needs, the lion is a gladiator and the tiger is a hunter, the tiger lives alone and rarely clashes with another tiger or other predator, their number is small and its territory is vast and even when they are evaluated and the intruder usually goes though. The tiger and an excellent predator but not gladiator like the lion, if you analyze the anatomy own Lion suggests he is a gladiator, if you think the weak point of these animals, vera which is the neck and the lion has a mane protects the chest and neck and intimidates, why does it appear that the lion is even bigger and also cofunde the opponent screws paw desiquilibrando the opponent, the tiger has no mane, during the fight tiredness lion would set the fatal bite one advantage for the lion. The lion is the tallest of the cats, and the tiger is longer and robust among the feline, but lacks the strength of the lion, the lion lives in the hottest continent in the world to Africa, a big cat living in hot and dry ambience and must have much resistance, and outside combat experience, that while the lion and cold, calculating and concentrate the tiger is afraid and terrified, he runs is in submission position can not concentrate on the fight. The kick lions are the strongest among the feline. Out all the bbc discovery channel and the magazine world the victory to win the lion, the tiger fan is elevantando moral undoing Tiger and Lion with lies. The lion is a creature of war has no other equal lions are true masters in the fight.

  12. veja os video que está disponivel na internet,analisa todos os videos, então vera quem realmente vence a luta, os leões nasceram para brigar são verdadeiros gladiadores e tem uma coragem que é assima do normal. Big cage o tigre atacou o leão pela costa oportunista mais covarde, mesma assim o leão reverteu a vantagem atacau o tigre de begala e o tigre correu e apanhou muito ficou apavorado com a reação do leão, tomou duas patadas em sequência que virava a cara do tigre de um jeito muito forte e violento que eu não tenho duvida nenhuma que o leão tem a patada mais forte entre os felinos. tem uma cena que os fã de tigre tiram do video mas depois foi achada, o tigre fica deitado no chão num gesto de submissão eo leão que fica a sua frente mostrando quem é que manda. Os fã de tigre querem enganar e enfluênciar as pessoas com videos manipulados como o própio big cage que fica voltando a cenas que o tigre bate e tira a cena que queima o filme do tigre. Everland Os leões do zoologico Koreano everland são asiático uma sub-especie menor menas agressiva e mais fraca do que a sub-especie encontrada na Africa e mesmo assim levou vantagem em cima do tigre de bengala e siberiano. A cena que os fã idolatra o tigre, o leão está brigando com tigre siberiano quando ele virou ele tomou duas patadas de um outro tigre siberiano balançou a cabeça duas vezes mas continuou e nem ficou atordoado continuo indo embora, pegou na covardia deu duas patadas fracas. Everland 5 Um homem tenta dar ao tigre uma ave provavelmente um frango o tigre parece assustado não era para menos um leão come ali ao lado, não demorou muito para o leão atacar o tigre, o tigre tentou golpiar mas saiu fora deixando a comida para o leão, na turkia um caso parecido aconteceu, jogaram a ave para o tigre de bengala, o leão também tomou a comida do tigre e nos dois caso os tigres eram maiores do que os leões. Outro video que os fã de tigre gosta de mostrar a luta de um tigre siberiano de 5a6 anos de idade contra um leão asíatico de 2a3 anos de idade, o tigre deu quatro tapa no leão, a diferença de idade fator determinante, um leão de dois anos não consegue vencer um tigre de 5a6 anos de idade, para luta ser justa e definir qual é o melhor, tem que ter a mesma idade e ser o topo da especie, exemplo leão da barbária vs tigre siberiano e bengala não leão asítico vs tigre siberiano ou bengala e mesma assim levou vantagem sobre os tigres. Tem um video da luta de um leão da barbária contra um tigre siberiano, o tigre estava batendo na leoa quando leão chegou ele já se mostrou submisso ao leão mas enfretou com golpes em vão e sem eficaz o leão mais calmo acertou varias e finalizou colocando a pata atras da nuca do tigre e levando o enorme felino ao chão a onde permaneceu deitado em um gesto de submissão. Outro video tigre de bengala branco maior que os tigres laranjados, se-vê que o tigre é mais comprido e mais robusto do que o leão e mesma assim ele apanhou feio e correu. O leão é mais concentrado mais calmo e avalia melhores suas chances tem mais resistência mais experiência de luta e mais corajosos e ferozes, tem a patada mais forte entre os felinos junto com a juba que ajuda na defesa e dá superiorídade ao leão. koreano, chines,russo, tailandes e indiano nunca vão falar bem do leão por que eles idolatram o tigre. Zoolôgico Koreano Everland colacaram um leão adulto junto com um bando fechado de tigre e leões, tres tigre e um leão atacaram um leão sozinho, quatro felino contra um, fizeram só para tentar desmoralisar o leão, eles mostra a covardia achando que é vantagem para os tigres, e só mostram os ferimentos dos leões e não mostra os ferimentos dos tigres, e fica zombando dos leões,mas os leões já são vitórisos antes da luta começar por que ele enfrenta um felino maior e mais forte do que ele e isso que torna o leão o animal mais inspirador do mundo e além disso o leão é o segundo predador depois do homem, depois do homem os leões governam o mundo pois não tem força maior que um bando leões até o urso polar sairiam de seus caminhos. vocês que votam no tigre, vocês estão sendo manipulado pela influência de alguns. O leão é o rei.

  13. Hey Michael, hows it goin…a while back I found something interesting and I thought you’d like to read it, its a account of a lion and tiger encounter in the wild of india in the state of Gujarat of the district Surat near the tapti river in the early 18th century. A full back ground check on the eye-witnesers via Herne peregrine and Robert Barill and it checks out as the book is part of Hernes life as one of the first american hunters to travel the world and document his hunts, the entire autobiography is quite extensive from his hunts in africa, america and asia, Without telling you the verdict I’ll let you read it your self to see what happen, heres a book archive of some abstracts, you can flip through the pages until you reach Lion-Tiger-Conflict as it ends on P.204(213):

    Quite interestingly most people think lions are no match for the larger sub-species of tigers like the bengal, but on record even female tigers and…leopards, have killed male bengal tigers:

    Which is quite the comedy, being the leopard is some 1/4th the weight of a good sized bengal…extending that gesture it seems tiger supporters suggest that all the more potent data is in asia, where the tiger cheifly resides, and the tiger took the win nearly every time as most websites claim, yet in the newer info posted a few back of information specifically from asia, almost all the records that could be shown with actual root sources, showed the opposite in terms Asia via China, Indonisia, Bhutan, Tibet, Japan, Korea, India ect:

    I know you favor the tiger, I dont hold it against people who do, afterall almost every site gives off the impression that the tiger dwarfs the lion in size and weight, I mean at this point even the cherry picking of statistics of attributes is quite desperate with mostly none are true or show any credible/viable root source but merely opinions out of thin air, and the usual charade of arguments against a person who actually has done just the basic research on the two, wouldnt hold well.

    Hope this helps, atleast in a view of searching for the truth, not just what you want it to be. K, Michael…catch ya Laters. ^_^

  14. Even the lion/bear conflicts info grew a bit:

    I think most people ignore lions with their social system fight and gain more experince/skill/knowledge of combat, a bear or tiger fighting their own kind is a rare event, on a basis of year to year or season to season with them, for lions its a week to week basis. This is the only explaination why there are some 100 videos of lions fighting lions in the wild compared to the one or two fights of bears/tigers fighting there own kind in the wild.

    Quite impressive in terms the lions feats, he might not be the biggest, the heaviest, the longest ect…but he sure is good at fighting. People often say the tiger is the better hunter, but these same people havent the slightest clue in their eco-prey system, I dident even know till lately lions hunt over 100 different types of sub-specific ugalates, tigers only around 20 or so, you could combine all the sub-species of bears and tigers and still wouldnt get just as half as much as the lion has on his menu, a hunter with a more diverse prey accumilation will no dought be the better hunter overall.

    What do tigers/bears hunt that is as tall as a giraffe, as heavy as a bull elephant, as formidable as a white rhinocerous, as dangerous as a herd of cape buffallo, or as aggressive as hippos? Grizzlys hunt fish berries, honey, grass, those things wont quite embed any heigher skills of combat in terms a evolution stand point.

    I can see why almost every major flag on the planet has the lion on it for over a thousand years + :

    I can’t imagine how much records there is on each culture has seen on the lions capabilitys, these animal accidental or purposed conflicts are not as rare as people make it out to be, I think the problem is most want to play the role of expert and try and implement their own bias views instead of just seeking out the truth.

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  15. tiger wins because its the superior predator male lions are the biggest scavengers of the savanna tigers are the ultimate carnavor and both bengal and amur tigers are bigger. tiger has size strength agility weaponry intelligence bigger brain larger learning capacity all a lion has is a mane which will hinder but not stop the attack of a bigger stronger member of the cat family a lone lion is a dead lion.

  16. About young lions and tigers. As social animals the lion’s growth rate is slower than tigers. Lions gets maturity later than tigers.


    The mighty lion the “KING OF THE BEASTS” according to the National Geographic 2012, is on the list of the ten toughest animal on earth. The tigers are not on the list. The National Geographic also said that no animal on earth are safe from lions. Lions are design to hunt the largest preys on land. That’s make them the world’s very top predator. The male and female lion make a formidable duo. The very athletic lioness is the second fastest big cat behind the cheetah and her top speed is on the world’s top 10. Again the tiger is not on the list. In a hunt, the lioness will usually show more courage and perseverance than tigers. Few people know that lions have a greater hunting success rate than tigers.
    Pound for pound there are no land mammalian more muscular than the male lion. Surprisingly males are good hunters too, they are large preys specialists. But what cut thousands of years ago, the imagination of early civilizations is the extraordinary bravery and fighting skills of the male lion.

    They are no invincible predators, but in a fair fight, it is almost overwhelming for a tiger to defeat an healthy born in the wild male lion of equal age and size. All feline have poor stamina. But lions have more stamina and will power than tigers. The lion is a all around more formidable animal. WHAT IS STRONGER THAN A MALE LION, IS ANOTHER MALE LION. Perhaps it is better to compare tigers with the lioness. The male lion is unique, he belongs to a higher league.


    1-Black and white film tiger lion fight. Tiger loose retreats lion running after.

    2-Black and white film lion wins, run after tiger, tiger laid down injured or died.

    3-Jungle Jim black and white movie lion winner run after tiger.

    4- Black and white film Sub adult male lion with little mane defeat tiger, again lion run after tiger.

    5- 1929 black and white film Gir forest old lion kill tiger.


    First found the whole scene clean images versions. In the Big Cage scenes in few occasions the tiger tried to escaped but the lion ran often him. In nature when a tiger face serious opposition he retreats. The tiger (s) did the same. He knew he could not defeat and sense his life was in danger. A frame by frame examination on versions that have clear images, shows in a few occasions, the tiger retained momentarily the lion on the ground by his mane. Details of this scene was lather explained in the newspapers (The Milwaukee journal July 18, 1962 ). The black mane lion face not one but three tigers in a row. The lion killed so fasts the first and second tigers that they did not have enough footage. A third tiger was send and the male lion still had enough of energy in him. If I remember correctly, the last tiger tried to escape too. At the end the keepers managed to stop the fight when the lion was held down by his mane again. Now all 4 performing male big cats used by Beatty were born in the wild and were in top shape.


    One of the greatest tiger expert was Kailash Sankhala (1925-1994) known as “The Tiger Man of India”. The tiger was his favourite animal. From his 1970’s book, he had studied tigers for many years and when to the Gir forest too. There are only 10 to 12 regions in the whole India that can suits the lions needs. Once, these few dispersed places were eventually all occupied by lions. To do so lions had to pass through the tiger’s moist regions first. Kailash Sankhala wrote that the lions took the territories away from the tigers. Before lions were exterminated by men, tigers totally disappeared from these regions. On page 119 Kailash Sankhala had the honesty to state in a fair fight on a one on one combat a tiger is no match for a lion he added that a tiger will avoid a lion. Sankhala saw lion/tiger combats too and the male lion was victorious. This world renown tiger expect was convinced that lions are the superior fighters.

    The title lion “king of the jungle” come from India a tiger land. The Lion “king of the beasts” comes from “Mesopotamia” a tiger land too.

    • Thanks Ross. Overall opinion is more or less split down the middle. Let’s say it is evens. Personally I favour the tiger to win 😉

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