Ligers are an interesting breed, to say the least. They are the hybrid offspring of a male lion and a female tiger, and only exist in captivity. Currently in the wild, lions and tigers share only one small patch of forest in western India as a common habitat, and thus, ligers haven’t been documented outside of zoos or animal shelters. The first mention of ligers dates back to at least as early as the late 18th century in India, with the term ‘liger’ first coined sometime before the 1930s. Here are some interesting facts about them – and no, they aren’t an animal made up by Napoleon Dynamite.
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