Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Pantherinae
Genus: Panthera

A litigon (/ˌlaɪˈtaɪɡən/) is a rare, second-generation hybrid from a female tigon (a hybrid between a male tiger and a female lion) and a male lion, specifically an Asiatic lion.[1]


Litigons inherit and share characteristics with lions, the males sport manes and can also have rosettes.


The first attempt at breeding a litigon was successful; a female cub was born at the Alipore Zoo in Calcutta, India in 1971 to a female tigon named Rudrani and an Asiatic lion named Debabrata. Rudhrani went on to produce seven litigons, some of which reached impressive sizes: a litigon named Cubanacan (died 1991) was estimated to weigh least 362 kilograms (798 lb), stood 1.32 metres (4 ft 4 in) at the shoulder, and was 3.5 metres (11 ft) in total length.

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  1. ^ Singh, Atiya (25 April 1985). "Okapis and litigons in London and Calcutta". New Scientist (1453): 7.