The ligers are an interesting topic of the past few years. Since the apparition of the first breedings between tigers and lions and the presentation of the largest feline in the world, a liger called Hercules, the issue of the hybrid breeds has surfaced in the media more and more. The interest of people in these matters has been based on the curiosity they had for the complex nature mixes. Unfortunately, on the side of the animals, things did not seem to be as fun and interesting. Although Hercules is still alive and well and has managed to develop to maturity rather nicely in the facility where it is kept, other ligers have not been as lucky.
The main problem that surfaces from a crossbreed is connected with the general health of the exemplar. Most of the ligers were born in captivity, due to the fact that all the feline species were kept in one cage, in zoos for example. In the natural habitats, this is a rare occurrence, which shows the obvious unnatural characteristic of the process. The health problems that have occurred in the case of the ligers come from their size and from the atypical combination of features of tigers and lions. The main body of the ligers is more similar with the one of the tigers, while the head is linked to the one of the lions. As a result, there is a great disproportion between the sizes of these two parts, which can generate a lot of follow up health issues. In addition to this, since birth the ligers are larger than tiger cubs, which leads to a difficult birth, that can only result in health problems for the mother, as well as for the cubs.
The ligers are still part of a controversial issue. Although they are a fascinating topic and are admired by many, the problems they have in connection to health brought questions on the morality of the act in the case of the zoos. The evolution of the ligers is to be followed in the future, as there are more aspects bound to surface.