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Ligers Informative Speech


The clip you just saw is from the popular movie 'Napoleon Dynamite.' Many of you have probably seen it before but I bet you never thought about any of it as being factual, did you? Well, even though the description was a bit off, ligers really do exist. According to Encyclopedia Americana, ligers are a hybrid cross between a male lion and a female tiger (also known as a tigress). It is nearly impossible for them to exist in the wild because most lions live in Africa and most tigers live in Asia, however under the right circumstances they can be bred. In most cases the tiger and the lion must be raised together to overcome any natural enmity between their species, however ligers have also been accidental. In China a few were produced artificially as experiments, but most often they occur as accidents among captive animals in zoos or roaming in safari parks. Deliberate hybridization is prohibited in most zoos, though. In 2001 three liger cubs were born in a zoo right here in Wisconsin. For space reasons keepers put a lion and a tiger in the same enclosure and one day they found three tiny cubs. Liger cubs don?t usually look like their father. They have striped like their tiger mother, but are lighter in color. As they get older their stripes will fade. Raising liger cubs is difficult because no one ever knows if the parents will recognize the liger cubs as their own, and also it is difficult for them to survive on their own. According to Hybrid B...


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