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  1. #1 Can a puma breed with a lion/tiger? 
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    Can a Puma breed with a lion/tiger? They are all wild cats, but do they actually can breed together?
    The puma comes from the felinae subfamily, and the lion and the tiger are coming from the felidae family. Does that make breeding together impossible?


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    Maybe, from what I was able to look up, it hasn't been done. Cougar's have been bred with leopards in captivity, it required artificial insemination though. I'd be surprised if it hasn't been tried, but I can't find any information on it.

    The factors involved in making a hybrid possible involve receptors on the sperm, paternal effect and maternal effect genes, chromosome number, receptors on the egg, and chemoattractents/repellents made by the female. It's hard to say without doing a lot of research on the reproductive systems of tigers/lions and cougars whether a hybrid is likely to be possible or not. Although, the scarcity of information on such a hybrid probably suggest they haven't been produced successfully.


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    Quote Originally Posted by i_feel_tiredsleepy
    I'd be surprised if it hasn't been tried, but I can't find any information on it.
    You are aware that creating new, unauthorized species is illegal in almost all countries?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sindrato
    Quote Originally Posted by i_feel_tiredsleepy
    I'd be surprised if it hasn't been tried, but I can't find any information on it.
    You are aware that creating new, unauthorized species is illegal in almost all countries?
    Um, no. Hybridizing cats was a regular practice in zoos around the world for hundreds of years, and is still widely done in Asia. In the West it is generally frowned upon because of the endangered status of many of those big cats.

    Several large cat hybrids are still sold as exotic pets for private menageries too.

    The only legal restrictions on creating hybrid cats is on the basis of their sale as pets or the endangered status of the cats involved.
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    Um, are you sure? I am aware that it was a common practice, but I've read about those tiger- lion pups for which the ZOO (forgot where it is :? ) will gonna have to pay massive fines, even though they are a hit with public...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sindrato
    Um, are you sure? I am aware that it was a common practice, but I've read about those tiger- lion pups for which the ZOO (forgot where it is :? ) will gonna have to pay massive fines, even though they are a hit with public...
    Huh? liger and tigon cub have never been illegal. I am very skeptical of the source of your claim as it would be a hit on industries such as beefalo farms and the common practice of breeding mules for farm work, both being hybrids.
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