Lion vs Tiger Fight Records Show Which is More Powerful
There have been many organized fights between tigers and lions. This was actually one of the most popular entertainments in the arenas of Ancient Rome.
Accounts differ on which of these animals prevailed; writer Martial mentions a fight in which the tiger won; politician and lawmaker Cicero (1st century BC) mentions a lion that won 200 fights, one of them against a tiger and a bear. Queen of Egypt Cleopatra (1st century BC), states in her memories that the lions that once roamed Northern Africa were usual winners against any other creature.
More recently, there is an example Serge Elia has provided. Later, in the 1950s, a similar fight was organized, this time with an Asian lion. According to tiger expert Kailash Shankala, the lion killed the tiger.
Out of the almost 100 verified accounts It was established that the lion won perhaps 6/10. It's a close match, depending mostly on the individual cats involved.
Another revelation has it that:
Towards the end of the 19th century, an Indian Maharaja arranged a fight, in the amphitheater of Baroda (western India), between a Barbary lion named Atlas (so named after the Atlas mountains of North Africa) and a three meter-long Bengal tiger before an audience of thousands. It was to determine which one of the two felines should be called “King of the Cat Family”, and whether the lion truly deserved the title as “King of the Beasts”.
The two big cats engaged in a long series of vicious fighting, lashing out at each other with sharp teeth and claws. But eventually, it was the agile tiger that won, ending the lion’s life by pawing it repeatedly.
In the aftermath, the ruler agreed to pay 37,000 rupees in honor of the striped cat’s ruthless strength. He also ordered to have Atlas’ body buried in royal fashion, and to give the tiger a “cage of honor” in the menagerie.
Written by Mike Philip
Published on 2/20/2020 9:24:19 PM