A liger is the result of breeding a male lion
with a female tiger. It has stripes and spots. The spots are inherited
from the lion parent even though adult lions do not appear to be spotted.
The liger is a hybrid cat that inherits most
of the strengths of both parent species and is larger than either. If
you haven't seen a liger before, come visit Hobbs to get a look at the
biggest cat you are ever likely to have seen. By way of size comparison,
male Siberian tigers (the largest non-extinct naturally occurring member
of the cat family, Felidea) average between 400 and 600 pounds. We estimate
Hobbs to weigh about twice that.
All ligers are presumed to be born sterile.
This is not unusual for hybrids. Mules are the result of breeding a
horse with a donkey and are also presumed to be sterile, although there
is an occasional, extremely rare,