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    Tigers and lions

    Which of these two majestic creatures do you like better? I believe both have unique and interesting characteristics but I'd say I like tigers just a tad bit more. This is what I find appealing about both of them.

    Lions-They live in prides and are the only truly social cats. This allows them to regularly hunt large animals like buffalo which makes for extraordinary footage. They also live in the African plains which is home to a very lively ecosystem full of large and iconic animals, more than anywhere else in the world. The are distinguished by their tail tufts and the males having manes. They have a huge influence on western cultures due to them historically living in close proximity to the western world and major early centers of civilization. Lions were known to inhabit the Atlas mountains, Egypt, Greece, and Western Asia. Lions today primarily exist in moderately dry biomes such savannahs, dry forests/woodland, and grasslands but some do live in swamps and desert as well. While threatened by humans, there still exist many lions in the wild so finding one in its natural habitat is not that much of a challenge unlike the tiger for whom a combination of rareness caused by poaching and heavily forested habitats means you'd be lucky to ever see one in the wild.

    Tigers-They are among the few cats that enjoy and are good at swimming. The two largest species(Siberian and Bengal) together represent the largest extant cats in the world. They have stripes which is unique in the cat world where the rest either have spots or plain coats. Tigers in contrast to lions had a much greater cultural impact on the eastern world from India(which also has an isolated population of lions) to Korea because aside from a few tigers living in the Caspian forests, most lived in Central, Southern, and Eastern/Northeastern Asia. Tigers also live in much more varied habitats than lions-living in wet and dry tropical forests, mixed boreal forests, rainforests, swamps, and historically the riverine basins of Central Asia in the case of the Caspian tiger. The elusive, solitary nature of tigers along with their higher propensity to attack and eat human beings than other big cats gives them a more malicious and mysterious reputation compared to lions.

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    Tigers personally, they have better stalking and hunting instincts. I also like their visual appearance and adaptability.

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    If I had to choose between the two, I would go with Tigers. They’re beautiful animals and I can identify with their solitary nature.
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    I will have to go with lions.
    This song still makes me tear up . . . such a great movie!
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    Tigers, like most here so far. For a weird reason maybe. I'm no male feminist but find the idea of a "pride" rather jarring to my sensibilities. But yeah also to my eyes tigers look cooler, even more evolved.

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