Essay on Ligers Informative Speech

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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
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The human contact usually helps because it makes them easier to take care of when they are older and larger, and they will get larger. Ligers are the world?s biggest cats, and they are leaning towards gigantism. They are bigger than either parent, becoming anywhere from ten to twelve feet in length and weighing usually near a half of a ton or more. Ligers are larger than their parents, because according to Wikipedia encyclopedia, female lions and male tigers transmit a growth-inhibiting gene to their offspring. Being the offspring of a male lion and female tiger, though, the liger does not have the growth-inhibiting gene, and therefore they grow constantly throughout their lives until their body cannot sustain their size anymore. The counter-hybrid of the liger, the tigon, however, is smaller than its parents because it does have the growth-inhibiting gene. Both animals are crosses between tigers and lions, however they get their name according to what species the father is (for example, ligers have lion fathers, and tigons have tiger fathers). Other than their large size, ligers vary in appearance depending on how their genes interact with one and other. Usually males grow sparse manes (like those of a male lion), and the facial ruff of a tiger. Both males and females have spotted stomachs and striped back. They roar like…