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Liger vs Grizzly Bear: Fight Who Will Win?

liger vs grizzly bear

Ligers are powerful hybrid animals that don’t appear in the wild. The only way a liger can be made is in captivity by breeding a male lion with a female tiger. Their cub is the biggest species of cat. They grow so large they rival bears in size. In this article, we will see if a liger can take on a grizzly bear in a fight.

Liger vs Grizzly Bear Fact Sheet

LigerGrizzly Bear
Sizeweight 418 kg
height 1.25 m
length 3.33 m
weight 180 – 320 kg
height 1 m
length 2 – 2.4 m
Speed50 mph35 mph
Attackbite force 900 psi
10 cm canines
10 cm long claws
bite force 1,160 psi
7.6 cm long teeth
15 cm long claws
Habitatbred and lives
in captivity
North America
Lifespan13 – 18 years20 – 25 years

Liger vs Grizzly Bear: Size

liger vs grizzly bear
female liger

A liger holds the Guinness World Record for being the largest cat in the world. The liger Hercules lives in a safari park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA. Hercules weighs a massive 418 kg (922 lbs), has a total body length of 3.33 m (10.9 ft) and has a shoulder height of 1.25 m (4.1 ft).

Ligers are giants because of their DNA hybrid mix. Male lions pass down genes that encourage growth in their offspring because, in the wild, size means power. In contrast, the female lion has genes that suppress that of the male lions, so when the cubs are fully grown, they are not massive. Female tigers cannot limit their cub’s growth, so ligers can grow well into adulthood before they realise their full size.

liger vs grizzly bear

Coastal grizzly bears are larger than their inland counterparts. Adult male grizzly bears can weigh 180 – 320 kg (400 – 700 lbs). Their body can measure 2 – 2.4 m (6.5 – 7.9 ft). They have an average shoulder height of 1 m (3.3 ft) they can stand at an impressive 2.4 m (8 ft) tall when standing on their hind legs.

Liger vs Grizzly Bear: Movement Speed

liger vs grizzly bear

There have never been any tests on how fast a liger can run. Lions and tigers have a similar speed of 50 mph (80 kph), so it’s safe to say that the liger has a similar top speed. Grizzly bears have a top speed of 35 mph (56 kph); the liger and grizzly bear can only run at this top speed for a short time.

Liger vs Grizzly Bear: Attack Power

liger vs grizzly bear
male liger

Ligers are stocky animals with a lot of muscle. A liger has a massive mouth with a bite force of 900 psi. They take after their fathers by having canines at least 10 cm (4 in) long. From their mother, they get their vast paws with claws that are at least 10 cm (4 in) long. Ligers inherit their parent’s best physical attributes.

The grizzly bear is the second strongest bear after the polar bear. They have a bigger bite force than the liger at 1,160 psi. But have shorter teeth that are 7.6 cm (3 in) long. The grizzly bear has claws 15 cm (6 in) long used for digging but used in a fight can be deadly. They can hit another animal with over 600 psi. This is enough to kill a wolf in one blow.

Liger vs Grizzly Bear: Defence

Both animals will use their teeth and claws in defence. The liger will growl as a warning to the approaching grizzly bear, whereas the grizzly bear will stand on its hind legs to appear bigger and intimidate the liger.

Liger vs Grizzly Bear: Differences

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Hkandy, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The most significant difference is the grizzly bear is an animal species that occur naturally in the wild. Whereas the liger would never appear in the wild as lions and tigers never meet each other, and if they did, they certainly would not breed together. The liger is both heavier and longer than the grizzly bear.

Liger vs Grizzly Bear Who Will Win In A Fight?

liger vs grizzly bear

When it comes to a fight between these two powerful creatures, the grizzly bear wins most of the time. The liger may have the size advantage, but both animals are evenly matched in strength.

The grizzly bear is an apex predator, while the liger is a cat bred in captivity. The liger has never had to hunt for its food, so it lacks that killer instinct to be able to fight the grizzly bear.

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