Tigers would win 80% of fights with lions

by PARTH TIWARI
(INDIA)

This article is good, no doubt about it, but I would like to say that taking into consideration the average weights of lion and the tiger would be better if we have to compare both of them.

That is about 180-190 kg for an average African lion and about 220-235 kg for an average Bengal tiger. The Siberian subspecies of the tiger are heavier with around 250 kg being an average.

Sumatran tiger
Photo by Sarah Macmillan (Flickr)

 

Also in this article the average sizes of both the animals haven’t been taken into consideration which are about (including tail) for African lion:8.5-9 ft; Bengal tiger:9.5-10 ft and the Siberian tiger:10-10.5 ft on an average.

Animals weighing and measuring above this mark have been found, but they are usually rare for example tigers weighing above 300 kg are exceptionally rare, the probable reason being global warming.

Lions generally stand taller than Bengal tigers on shoulder on average by about 1-2 inches but Siberians are almost equal in this case or may even outgrow lions. African lions stand about 42-43 inches tall at the shoulder. Bengals are generally 40-42 inches and Siberians reach about 43-44 inches on average.

Also recent studies show that Bengal tigers on an average may outweigh Siberian tigers. The best examples are the Bengal tigers of Kaziranga National Park in India where tigers on an average weigh about 245+ kg. The Siberian tigers are becoming shorter now-a-days due to shortage of food and global warming.

You must also consider factors like agility and smartness and the fighting techniques of both the animals. Lions generally charge blindly but tigers have a planned strategy also tigers can dodge attacks. Tigers are very agile and also swifter than lions. Tigers have a more muscular build and even pound-for-pound tigers have more stamina and speed.

It is true that lions have more fighting experience but tigers have experience to fight bigger animals like brown bears in Siberia and sometimes rarely rhinos (Indian one horned rhino).

Tigers also take down a larger prey independently. Only a few cases are known when male lions are known to bring down a large cape-buffalo, but tigers hunt gaur almost regularly which are the largest species of wild cattle bigger than any cape-buffalo.

Lions enjoy a psychological advantage over many animals; that is the mane of the lion makes it look much bigger than it really is, but in case of the tiger this doesn’t help much as tigers are known to fight bigger animals.

The mane also offers protection to the lion and that is the reason why lions are killed less in territorial disputes than tigers. But as I have said tigers fight sloth bears and brown bears and are also known to have killed them and feed on them which have longer hair and more fatty skin than lions.

Tigers have bigger skull cavity for brains than lions and also they have been found to be more intelligent. This is also a determining factor. A tiger lives alone so it becomes difficult for him to hunt when injured, therefore it will generally avoid fight with a lion. But tiger if aroused will surely fight till death; but it will not retreat.

Thus I would conclude that tigers can win in 80% fights with lions.

PARTH TIWARI


Hi PARTH TIWARI… thank you for an excellent article on this subject. It fills some of the gaps I left. It is welcome and appreciated.

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Mar 16, 2012
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Here’s whats up! NEW
by: Prime

I really dont want to waste any time on comparing minor details like opinions of animal experts, trainers that know there personalties an scientist that give estimate weight calculations on weight an power. I’m just going to present who has more accounts of killinng an beating the other, since Im a fan of both lion an tigers an not Bias, I am still shocked that people think the tiger will win more times than the lion in the wild because 1 lion can an has killed a tiger in a 1 on 1 before and lions live in pride’s of 12 an up to help survive against 10s of thouands of yearly migrating buffalo.

Without further a due here’s a few accounts of lions killing tigers 1 on 1 except for 11 which is pretty Ironic, that people say 1 tiger can beat a pride yet 2 teen lions at only 1.5 years old killed an full grown adult male tiger.

1.Gieniuss books/Animal facts, Lion named Nero killed Tim the tiger in an australian zoo.(Documantry)
2.1936 Agartala zoo in bengal, a lion kills a tiger.(Local news report)
3.1935 Sikestonians saw a lion kill a tiger in a local town circus act.(Documentry)
4.1934 2 tigers died, In the movie devil tiger from a lion-(Video)
5.1955 oct, 6 Natrual history society, Page 465-468, 3 seperate accounts lion won all 3.(Documentry)
6.1960 Korea pitfights Male lions won majority of all fights.( Hidden news Report)
7.1981 Martin. L Albert witnessed a lion kill a tiger.(Documentry)
8.1954 Lion kills tiger with one blow in boltimore zoo.(Documantry)
9.1935 In the town Bedford masachusetts a Zoo lost a tiger to a lion.(Local news)
10.Gir foreset 3 tigers vs 3 lions, all lions won. (Video) -Youtube-
11.2011 Korea two teen lions killed a adult Bengal tiger in an encloser.(Video)- Youtube-


Mar 07, 2012
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That about the femals? NEW
by: Me

As far as I can read from this (very good) article, it’s only taking in the male lions and tigers ability to fight.
But what about the females ability to fight? I’m no expert, but it looks to me that, female lions are more agile then the male lion. Is that wrong to assume that, since the females are the hunters, they would also be faster in a fight? I know it’s usually the males that does all the fighting, but in a tight spot, the females also fight, don’t they?


Oct 22, 2011
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Great
by: Dheeraj Jagga

Dear PArth,i am a great lover of our Royal Bengal Tiger.Your article gives strength to the fact that Tigers are undefeatable.


Mar 10, 2011
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True Patriot
by: Anonymous

U had done Good and Real Job for our National Animal


Dec 08, 2010
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Video about both
by: Imam Taliman

I just added a show bout Lion fight Tiger. Click :
http://www.fugly.com/videos/6633/Lion_vs_tiger.html


Oct 05, 2010
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Tiger will win each and every match
by: Dr frank

Tiger will win each and every match against lion since, it is more bigger, stronger, agile, ferocious, aggressive and longer than the lion….
no doubt tiger is the clear winner……….


Oct 01, 2010
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kudos to u!!
by: Anonymous

that was truly somethin…i first had thought it is someone’s article n u just like it or somethin….it’s good tht i read it….fantastic job


Oct 01, 2010
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kudos to u!!
by: Anonymous

that was truly somethin…i first had thought it is someone’s article n u just like it or somethin….it’s good tht i read it….fantastic job


Oct 01, 2010
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tigers
by: Anonymous

really nice article ……….
tiger is our national animal ….
although .. tiger is my fav animal too …… it has got power , speed ……
i will agree that it can win a fight from a lion


Sep 30, 2010
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parth
by: Aditya

hey u done a fabulous job……keep it up dude….


Sep 30, 2010
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TIGERS
by: diptava

wow!thnx for this informative article.
really it was fabulous. gr8 work!!!
very much appreciable indeed!!!


Sep 29, 2010
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hi
by: shreya

definitely i donno anything about this topic… but undoubtedly ur article is fabulous parth!


Sep 26, 2010
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thank u every one
by: Anonymous

it took a lot of research for me to input all this…

but thank u all for admiring this article..


Sep 17, 2010
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Hi Maggie
by: Michael

Agree with you. I built the original article because a lot of people are interested in this subject. It is a reflection on the human race. This article hits the nail on the head, really, I think.

Hope you are keeping well.

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Sep 16, 2010
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A great article
by: Maggie

This is indeed a great article. And answers basically everything in regard to the tiger vs lion debate.

To be honest, I can’t stand the tiger vs lion articles. As I would rather it be that tigers and lions don’t fight. But I enjoyed this article, because it was so informative, and taught me a lot about tigers and lions in general.



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