The enormous size advantage a liger has over even the largest lion is likely to be the deciding factor in a hypothetical encounter between the two species. Ligers can grow to over 12 feet in length and weigh more than 1,000 pounds, while lions rarely approach 500 pounds in weight.
Ligers are a hybrid resulting from the mating of a male lion and a female tiger. This pairing does not occur in nature. The liger is the largest living felid in the world and displays more lion-like traits than those of a tiger. These traits include a mane and general coloration. Faint stripes from the tiger are often present on a liger. Ligers enjoy water and are often more docile than either parent.