Tiger versus Lion
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Ok, well if there were to be a fight between a full grown male Siberian tiger, and a full grown male African lion, I would say the tiger would claim victory.
My reasons; firstly, it is a well known fact that tigers are the largest of all wildcats, which gives the tiger the size and weight advantage.
They are also longer in terms of body length, which also adds to their advantage.
The tiger is a more agile and has the use of better mobility than the lion. The lion is taller at the shoulder, yes, but since the tiger has stronger built hind legs, the shoulder height of the lion would not help much.
The tiger's skull, in comparison to the lion's, is shorter and broader, giving it a stronger bite force. It's paw strikes are also faster, though not as strong as the lion's.
The tiger is a solitary cat, whilst the lion depends on it's pride. Unlike the tiger, the lion does not hunt as usual as he relies on his females to hunt.
The tiger fends for itself. It hunts, defends it's own territory, fights for mating rights, and also protects it's mate and cubs if there are other intruding males around it's territory.
The lion has as much responsibility, fighting for mating rights, territory, etc. But since it does not hunt as often, this gives the tiger the upper hand.
Tigers are also known to be more muscular. The Siberian tiger may look like some blubber and furry animal, but it's only because it lives in colder climates that it has more fur, thus, sheathing it's muscularity from view.