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Compare and contrast The Lamb and The Tiger by William Blake
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A black liger would be an impressive creature, but to breed one would require both a melanistic tiger and a melanistic lion because the gene for black must be inherited from both parents and to guarantee a black liger requires both parents to be black. Very few true melanistic tigers have ever been recorded. Most "black tigers" are due to pseudo-melanism i.e. the markings are so heavy that the tawny background colour is almost hidden. No reports of black lions have ever been substantiated.

The tigon, which is the result of the breeding between a male tiger and a lioness, is a less common hybrid.
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During the late 1970s/early 1980s, the Shambala Preserve had both a tigon and a ti-tigon. The full illustrated story of Noelle the tigon and Nathaniel, her ti-tigon son, is detailed in "The Cats of Shambala" by Tippi Hedren (also an article by V Junger, People 11:90-1 Jan. 22, 1979.). On Christmas morning 1978, handler Brad Darrington found a 1 lb striped female cub hidden behind the den box in Nikita's compound. Nikita was the preserve's 600 lb tiger who ruled a pride of 9 lionesses. The cub was believed to have be born to Debbie, a lioness that had arrived from LA Animal Control as an orphan in 1974. None of the lionesses was thought to have been pregnant, though they did sometimes give birth surreptitiously. Debbie rejected the cub. The was named Noelle and was hand-reared. At 5 days old, Noelle began making the nasal, puffing "ff-fuff" sounds of the tiger as well as the happy "aa-oow" of a lion cub. While tiger cubs dislike being held or cuddled, Noelle had the cuddly nature of a lion cub. Her nose was tiger-like rather than blunt like a lion. At about 2 weeks old, Noelle was diagnosed with septic arthritis which caused her to limp. At the time of Noelle's birth, Hedren knew of only 3 other tigons in the US.

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According to "Wild Cats Of The World" (1975) by Guggisberg, ligers and tigons were long thought to be sterile: Prior to this all lion-tiger hybrids were believed to be sterile (even though other hybrid females such as jagulep females were already known to be fertile). 1943 seems to be the first recorded instance of a second generation hybrid of tiger and lion. This female tigon produced nine cubs in five litters between 1948 and 1950.

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White tigers have been crossed with lions to produce white ligers. Everland Zoo (Yongin Farm Zoo) in Seoul, Korea has produced white ligers, possibly from white tigers and leucistic lionesses. Big Cat Rescue's white tiger apparently co-habitates with a lion, as it was the intention of the original owner to breed white ligers. Golden tigers have been crossed with lions to produce golden ligers. In theory white tigers could be crossed with white lions to produce truly white ligers. White tigons or golden tigons are also possible, but because tigons do not attain the huge size of the liger there is far less interest in breeding them.

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A few have these have been bred over the years and they more closely resemble the tiger parent than the lion. In the 1990s, a roadside zoo claiming to be conducting a behavioural research programme in the USA bred a female ti-liger called Lady Kali; at 2 years old she weighed 400 lbs.

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In 2012 and in May 2013, a female liger called Zita at Novosibirsk, Russia produced 2 litters of li-liger cubs sired by an African lion called Sam. The second litter comprised three female cubs. Their baby coats are heavily marked with evenly spaced vertically elongated black rosettes, and black spots on the face and limbs and a spotted and ringed tail. The alignment of the darker markings are due to their tiger heritage.

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On April 24, 1984, The Times reported the birth of a "tigron" (ti-liger or li-liger) at the tiger park in Thoiry near Paris. The park was owned by Vicomte Paul de la Panouse who allowed lions and tigers to roam freely together; so freely they interbred. The Vicomte got into the liger business because of the habit of lionesses and tigresses of killing or neglecting their cubs. On April 17, a female "ligron" (liger) called Julie gave birth to the cub. Julie was one of 4 liger offspring from a lion called "Bichon" and 2 tigresses called "Les Mechantes" (the naughty/nasty ones). The ligers were hand-reared. The father of Julie's cub is believed to be either her father Bichon (resulting in a li-liger) or her half-brother, Patchwork (ligron/liger). It was reported that in 1984 2 "ligrons" (ligers) mated and produced offspring, thus disproving that hybrids were sterile (The Gazette, Montreal, Quebec, May 14, 1988. p I3 ); but the sire of the 2nd generation was probably Julie's own sire, a lion.