This enormous hybrid big cat was presented to London Zoo (as it is called now) by an Indian maharajah in 1924. The cat was described as shy. Tigons have been bred for commercial gain for a very long time from about the middle of the 19th century. Tigons are said to suffer ill-health due to their hybrid breeding. They are often smaller than their parents. Their appearance varies and is a merging, as expected, of tiger and lion markings and features.