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Tue, Apr 1 | By Annabella Asvik | 261

LOS ANGELES -- The exotic pet trade is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States and it is dangerously pushing the envelope of responsible pet ownership. The latest rage for exotic breeders is a hybrid of large cats, like lion… more ›

Lions, Tigers and Ligers? New Hybrid Hits Pet Market
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Ihatesnow
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Ihatesnow
5 years ago

There is no excuse for this, and it should be banned

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Ethan W.
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Ethan W.
5 years ago

Ownship of big exotic cats should be banned and crossbreeding NEVER allowed.

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Betty W.
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Betty W.
5 years ago

This needs to be banned, ownership of exotics needs to be banned!

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
5 years ago

Can't people look at the problem that we already have with exotic pets. And then creating new pets. This is not necessary!

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Geoff L.
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Geoff L.
5 years ago

Good grief...is there no end to our interference??!?

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Crttrs
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Crttrs
5 years ago

This is very sad. Why do people do this sort of thing? Stupid idiots

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Geoff L.
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Geoff L.
5 years ago

This disgusts me!

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DEREKDEMANE
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DEREKDEMANE
5 years ago

Dangerous exotic pets like this should be banned period. There is no reason for someone to own a tiger, bear or lion , etc... The only thing that suffers in the end is the animal. What these people are doing is just another prime example of man's greed.

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Jello1
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Jello1
5 years ago

Hard to believe anyone is so stupid as to think they can keep a 400 pound housepet

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Susan P.
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Susan P.
5 years ago

What a terrible thing to desecrate a breed

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Ralph M.
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Ralph M.
5 years ago

No one should be allowed to own exotic animals,they just want to impress people.You want to really impress people? Make a large donation to a zoo or any animal rescue.

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Andy K.
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Andy K.
5 years ago

How many times do we have to write this, exotic species should not be pets. They belong in the wild, not in a person's home. If the animal is hurt and incapable of surviving in the wild, there are plenty of zoos and rehab facilities.

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Meg S.
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Meg S.
5 years ago

Upsetting! I saw a story about the liger and the jerk that created them. The animal was very large and should not have been created. And please tell me WHO needs one of these as a pet? Are you kidding?

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Sarah  W.
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Sarah W.
5 years ago

Wow. What will they think of next?

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Blargowl911
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Blargowl911
5 years ago

well... lets see. theres marozi, a cross between a lion and a leopard, tigons, crosses between a lion & tiger as well, ligers, the same as a tiger but with reversed parents... the ti-tigons, ti-ligers, li-liger, and li-tigon are all lion or tiger+ tigon or liger, pumapard = leopard+puma, leopard+jaguar=leopon, tiger+leopard+tigard, bobcat+ lynx= unknown name, but it did exist..., and dogla's are the same as a tigard, but reversed parents... jaglions are the cross between lions and jaguars. so how bad is that, all those are breeds that at one point exist if not still exist, and not one of those is natural except the marozi???? when will it end... if you still need more info, check this website out. www.lairweb.org.nz/tiger/hybridisation.html


thanks, blarg owl.

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Blargowl911
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Blargowl911
5 years ago

oh yeah, and there probably are more, i just don't know about them.

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Blargowl911
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Blargowl911
5 years ago

at least if you purposly make a hybrid cat (not by accident), it is considered physiscal abuse, and you will be fined and you will face imprisonment.

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Sydney  S.
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Sydney S.
6 years ago

I also believe this should be outlawed. Ligers should not be made. It is really cruel to own such a big cat and not be able to take care of it.

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Marie C.
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Marie C.
6 years ago

d to volunteer at the wildlife waystation. and it always tore my heart out hearing the many different stories.

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Rose3three
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Rose3three
6 years ago

For years we have bred horses and donkeys to get mules. All of our dogs are mix-bred to produce different breeds. Same with house cats. Now people are reaching out for exotic animals to mix. Why? Because they can. It's only become a problem with ligers because they are wild animals. I'm sure ligers can exist in the wild just as other animals do if we allow it. But we tend to not want large animals around us, like bears and mountain lions, out of fear and our need to control everything around us. So, where is the liger to live? If we can't sustain the animal we should not be producing it. In the beginning it probably started out as an experiment to see what would happen by mixing the lion and tiger. Now we have it, what are we going to do with it? We made it, we need to provide space for it to live. Mixing species happens in the wild too - turtles, fish, coyote, wolf, just to name a few. Yes, the lion and tiger may not meet in the wild, but could very well happen in captivity if housed together. God will always provide a way. Afterall, they are His animals, regardless of our human input. Personally, I think the ligers are beautiful - just as I do lions, tigers, panthers, and all species of animals.

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Angel25
6 years ago

If they don't "do it" in the wild, why on earth should we do it! Its not natural at all. Yes they are beautiful animals but nature did NOT intent to make them.

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Alexis93
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Alexis93
6 years ago

what a shame

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Ozarkerjoe
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Ozarkerjoe
6 years ago

People have no business taking animals out of their natural habitat, then altering them!!??!! This is going toooo far!

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Marilyn D.
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Marilyn D.
6 years ago

What do you think about cloning? It's all meddling.

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Marilyn D.
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Marilyn D.
6 years ago

Very unwise breeding and a concept that would have been better left for fiction writers.

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Leah
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Leah
6 years ago

The part about how the "unlucky ones" get sent to mexico or to camp hunts, completely sickens me!!! This is why I want to own a santuary someday... Poor things...

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Sarah B.
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Sarah B.
6 years ago

The US shouldn't allow any exotic animals to be bought, sold, bred, or owned in the US. They should not be shipped to or from our borders either. Theres no reason to have them unless like the article states in a sanctuary or reserve especially for the animals. This should all be illegal. Why in this day & age isn't it? My God, breeding Tigers & Lions just to make money on their "exotic" offspring. Which can't ever live on their own because they are not excepted by either breed.SICK.

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Lori R.
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Lori R.
6 years ago

This is such a perfect example of man interfering where they don't belong, and ultimate the animal is going to suffer. I don't understand why any state in the US would even allow anyone to own an "exotic" animal like this, or any large wild animal for that reason. As always in the end, that animal suffers - they will not be able to live any type of what is known as a normal life.
Just how selfish are we as humans??? Where do we draw the line???

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Amber M.
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Amber M.
6 years ago

Why do people continue to be so stupid. We are not God and need to quit trying to be

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Patricia  C.
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Patricia C.
6 years ago

A liger! This is a very different kind of an animal! I know that I would never want one and I can't imagine any sane person that would!

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Amanda  G.
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Amanda G.
6 years ago

There is a reason God didn't make ligers. People need to leave well enough alone. There is no good reason to try to produce animals that could never live in the wild anyway. When God created all the animals he knew exactly what he was doing. Who are we to take away from that?

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Alidia F.
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Alidia F.
6 years ago

Who would want a 400- pound liger? It may be cute wheen small, but it'll get huge! It'll need lots of space and meat. Only professionals should care for these creatures!

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Anne B.
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Anne B.
6 years ago

This is crazy. No one should ever have a animal like that as a pet. After a couple of years they are not going to be this little cute fluff of fur. They are going to be HUGE and most people can't properly house and feed these animals. If they end up in a sanctuary like the one mentioned above they will be lucky.

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Mumzy
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Mumzy
6 years ago

Cool! i want one!!!

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Sarah B.
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Sarah B.
6 years ago

Your kidding right?

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Rose3three
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Rose3three
6 years ago

I'll settle for a few great photographs of the mom, dad, and offspring. We might as well enjoy the ligers as they are now a part of our world. Producing photos to sell would generate funds to help care for them in santuaries and zoos.

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Amanda M.
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Amanda M.
6 years ago

big cats do not make good pets!! why are people so stupid.. -sigh- it's one thing if the ligar was produced as an accident, but breeding the specifically is not a good idea.. they can't live on their own!

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Andrea J.
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Andrea J.
6 years ago

why are we mixing all these cats????? and their not pets.

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Marilyn D.
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Marilyn D.
6 years ago

Because people really don't know how to leave what is naturally already here alone. Humans are constantly trying to make new and improved versions. Then, what they come up with always has a down side.

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Tonyshuman
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Tonyshuman
6 years ago

i don't think that the big cats are suitable pets. they're too dangerous.

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Katie C.
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Katie C.
6 years ago

You should have to pass a test or another thing that could prove them as responsible owners before they are even able to buy an animal.

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Jaime
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Jaime
6 years ago

i think if God wanted "ligers" they would reproduce naturally in the wild...and they do NOT! why would man decide this is a good idea?? and what kind ignorant people would purchase one?? i guess the same kind that will make the news and whine and complain when it atttacks and kills someone! lets take care of the ones that have already been "created" and not "create" any more! this is pitiful!!

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Amanda  G.
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Amanda G.
6 years ago

I wholeheartedly agree with what you said about Ligers. It's ridiculous.

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Marilyn D.
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Marilyn D.
6 years ago

The word liger sounds like a good name for a pet cat. That's about all!

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Lindsay G.
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Lindsay G.
6 years ago

Exotic large animals do NOT make good pets. When are people going to learn this?

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Brandy
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Brandy
6 years ago

Heck no! New animal species should NOT be created by man!

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Kittypassion
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Kittypassion
6 years ago

This is disgusting. I just don't understand people's minds as to why they want to mess with nature.

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Carryl D.
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Carryl D.
6 years ago

No No No!! Its soo wrong..leave nature alone. There are enough problems.

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Catray
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Catray
6 years ago

This is very sad that such beautifull wild creatures are considered as pets.The keeping of big cats should be baned.

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Karen M.
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Karen M.
6 years ago

Ligers have been around for quite some time, but still a wild animal, and shouldn't be kept as a pet.

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Emily
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Emily
6 years ago

Playing God is never a wise thing! This is just an attempt to market a live, needy animal. A photo op is not a good reason to keep adding to the exotic pet problem.

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Sandy S.
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Sandy S.
6 years ago

The United States should ban the sale and ownership of exotic animals. They are not pets and don't belong in homes. To breed animals that are so opposite such as a lion and tiger is an abomination of nature. As the article says, they don't fit anywhere - lions are social animals living in prides but tigers live separately and only come together to mate.

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Jinxkitty
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Jinxkitty
6 years ago

I wish that people would stop buying large cats as pets. It just encourages this kind of irresponsible breeding.

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WickedPineapple
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WickedPineapple
6 years ago

That is sick and cruel to create an animal that can't even survive in the wild if it wanted to. I wish they had a list of all the celebrities who kept animals like this so I could boycott their movies.

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Rjlupinskat
6 years ago

What does it take to get it through people's heads that animals such as a 'big cat' is NOT a PET????

I'm on the fence about wild animals as pets; we've had the occasional raccoon and such due to orphans, but intelligence based on survival dictates that one does NOT include large predatory wild creatures. It's not fair to them, and it's highly dangerous. I love big cats, would love to have the opportunity to pet one in a zoo or sanctuary or such, but I'm certainly not going to have one as a pet.

Want an exotic? Get a rare breed of domestic kitty - Ocicat or such. Leave the big cats to the wild.

Best pet? A rescued one.

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Nicole
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Nicole
6 years ago

This is absolutely ridiculous! Why would someone want to mess with nature?!? What's next, humans mating with monkeys?!?

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Effie C.
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Effie C.
6 years ago

this is a horrible thing to do to these animals. they can never live in the wild, and labelling them as "pets" isn't good for the animal or the humans they are forced to live with.

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Tracee G.
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Tracee G.
6 years ago

what a shame

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amy c.
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amy c.
6 years ago

ive known about ligers for awhile now. why not try to save what we've got. people are so dumb

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