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My own theory in the Lion vs Tiger debate is that while tigers appear to be designed to be more physically agile, lions are obviously designed with a body
structure that is less typically cat-like than most of the big cat species. I'm thinking that this might be an initial advantage for tigers in general.
Lions on the other hand, seem to be highly adaptable to existing environmental factors -- for better or worse (I'm thinking of the Duba lions of Botzwanna
who take to the water and prey strictly on buffalo. These lions are bigger and more massively built than the lions on
the mainland plains). Male lions tend to lounge around and sleep a lot while the females do most of the hunting. When you observe male lions, a lot of them
appear clumsy or lazy. I realize however, that this can be deceptive.
I think the lion's less cat-like body structure gives them the potential to be expert fighters on one extreme and on the other extreme, not good fighters
I think the tiger will retain its in-born ability to fight well even in captivity, while captive lions will dwindle in their physical prowess due to lack of
daily challenge. This could be a reason why in some of the Yu-Tube video clips, the captive lions are so easily over-powered by the tigers that are equal to
them in size. It may also be a clue to why the wild lions in other clips end-up out-fighting the tigers even though the tigers in these cases are clearly more
agile and perhaps stronger.
What do you guys think?
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