Food for thought: Lions, and tigers, or sher(s), oh my!

If a lion and a tiger were to battle each other, who would win?

Before I crack on with this post, I should like to give you some background on the hypothetical question being posed. As I usually do, I should like to add a disclaimer before diving into the meat of it all: there was a little some a lot of wine involved when the question above was pondered. There, I said it. Happy?

Anyhow, I was watching ‘The Jungle Book’ with a friend the other night, and somehow we ended up discussing ‘The Lion King’, which consequently led to a discussion on big cats, and our favourite big cats (am still undecided). And finally, we reached the inevitable (when you’re a bottle and a half down, drunk curious like your truly, profound questions are inevitable):

If Shere Khan were to fight Scar, who would win?

Now before some know-it-all goes about lecturing me on the inane nature of this question, I should just like to point out that there was in fact, a time where both lions and tigers inhabited the same areas and coexisted for quite some time  (ex. India in the 19th century), and since we’re all well-aware that several subspecies exist- for argument’s sake, let’s take the best of the best and work it out, shall we?

Or let the internet work it out for us:

Now, if you’re too lazy to read the link above, here is the Cliffnotes version of the article:

  • Size matters – Looking at males of both species, the tiger outweighs the lion (substantially in some cases – the Siberian, for example)
  • Temperament – tigers don’t sit about in prides all day fluffing their manes, and they don’t rely on their wifeys to go a huntin’ (although lions do have to keep on their A-game to stay alphas of prides). But still, point tiger.
  • History – tigers have won lion vs. tiger fights.

Take home: most probably the tiger. 

OK, enough about me. Over to you- do you have a favourite big cat?  Whose team are you on – Shere Khan’s or Scar’s? And have you seen that adorable GoPro video of the lion whisperer getting hugs from a couple of lions? Watch it till the end, there’s cuddling too!

Video via GoPro, YouTube

As always, if you enjoyed this post, subscribe, like, or comment, maybe tell your mother about it. Or your grandmother. Or your goldfish, Goldie. Or your cactus, Pepe. (I don’t know what your circumstances are like!)

Lion, Varun Korla

Special mention: Thank you to my lovely cousin Varun Korla for the photograph of the lion from Masai Mara, Kenya.


Author: Akanksha Singh

Twenty-something travel addict || Likes: coffee, sarcasm, the Oxford comma, blue skies, and cobblestone roads. || Dislikes: rudeness, carrots, and pigeons (read: winged-rats with satanic eyes).

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