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The larger tigers are the largest of the cats and are perfect killing machines with a superior combination of strength, cunning and agility. On the other hand, a lion is a supreme warrior with a dominating attitude and an appearance to frighten even the mightiest of animals. There is now no possibility of these creatures meeting in the wild. Even when they might have shared prey population there might not have been many fights since the big cats adjust their area and hunting habits naturally (doesn’t mean voluntarily) to allow everyone a share. But there have been some real fights between the two kings of the jungle, both in and out of an arena.

While debating about animals, one must keep in mind that they are not programmed robots, and so each individual will have its own characteristics within a certain range. The stereotypes, with which the animals are often characterized, may prove wrong more often than not. Also generalizing certain observations may only lead to wrong conclusions. One pack of hunting dogs killing one lion doesn’t make the dogs killers of lions. Also, some brown bears being hunted by some Amur tigers don’t prove that tigers are natural bear-killers and wins against bears in any situation.

There have been tiger versus lion fights staged by different people. Also, some animal experts have worked closely with both lions and tigers and have made careful observations. So, what do the evidences and experts (and common sense) say about who stands a better chance of winning a fight between the two?

The issue about lions vs tigers is a touchy one, considering tigers are the larger of the 2, but lions are better built.

Let's first look at their differences instead of similarities, since we are so familar with the fact these 2 are big cats.

Firstly, tigers are natural born hunters, and lions are natural born fighters. For simplicity's sake, I would assume we are talking male animals here. Tigers are larger than...

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