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August 19, 2010 11:49 PM   Subscribe

Liger cubs attack a zookeeper while an uncle and nephew have a conversation. Liger Channel has a number of videos, so does Big Cat Rescue's ligers, tigers and lions section. For answers to the basic liger and tigon questions, Timothy J. Fuller has got you covered. I leave you with these tigon cubs: 1 and 2.
posted by Kattullus (42 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
Neither ligers nor tigons are bred for their skills in magic.
posted by Kattullus at 11:50 PM on August 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


Oh, and from the same zoo trip as the first video: emu surprise.
posted by Kattullus at 11:53 PM on August 19, 2010


The conversation in that first video is one of the more amazing things I've witnessed on YouTube.
posted by Greg Nog at 12:00 AM on August 20, 2010 [6 favorites]


Uncle's got a bad back.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 12:02 AM on August 20, 2010


Greg Nog: The conversation in that first video is one of the more amazing things I've witnessed on YouTube.

That video is pretty much perfect. It sent me down a liger rabbithole on the internet so I figured I'd share, but I would've posted that video solo if no other liger videos existed online.
posted by Kattullus at 12:06 AM on August 20, 2010


Albert
posted by adamvasco at 12:06 AM on August 20, 2010


Not so fucking cute when they're eleven foot long and the better part of a half-ton.


What's worse, ligers are bred for misery and shame - they can never know the wild, as Asia and Africa are literally worlds away, there =is= no natural habitat for this animal. They're simply vanity pets for the well-off, draining money from resources that could be used to rescue actually endangered big cats.

A liger is nothing more than a clown ready to kill someone. That really ought to freak you out.
posted by Slap*Happy at 12:06 AM on August 20, 2010 [4 favorites]


A liger is nothing more than a clown ready to kill someone.

How does that make them different from standard-issue clowns?
posted by WalterMitty at 12:23 AM on August 20, 2010 [29 favorites]


Cat-Man by Edward Hoagland is a great novel about being a big cat handler in a circus. Much better than the Water for Elephants crap. Hoagland tells it like it was, he lived it.
posted by stbalbach at 12:28 AM on August 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Tailchaser's Song
posted by Mblue at 12:37 AM on August 20, 2010


> A liger is nothing more than a clown ready to kill someone.

How does that make them different from standard-issue clowns?

Skills in magic vs skills in balloon animal-tying.
posted by No-sword at 12:42 AM on August 20, 2010 [4 favorites]


I am having problems understanding the american accent in the first video. What are they saying?
posted by Omnomnom at 12:49 AM on August 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Cat-Man by Edward Hoagland is a great novel about being a big cat handler in a circus.

Amazoned. Thanks for the tip.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 1:29 AM on August 20, 2010


while an uncle and nephew have a conversation

this is ridiculous. Simba killed Scar.
posted by clearly at 2:29 AM on August 20, 2010


I am having problems understanding the american accent in the first video. What are they saying?

"They're big kitties!"
"Yeah."
"Hey, uncle? Something tells me one of them can kill me. Y' think it could?"
"Mm, probably."
"Think it'd eat me?"
"One of those monkeys over there could probably take ya."
"It could probably take you too! You ain't got a very good swing 'cause of your back, huh?"
"..."
"Well, why don't you hop in there with it and see how it likes tight jeans?"
(I think he says "tight jeans"? That seems weird as hell, but would make sense if there's a family backstory involving making fun of uncle for wearing tight jeans. The only other possible words I think it could be are "Tai Chi", which would be more understandable if Uncle is a Tai Chi martial artist. But man, it sounds like "tight jeans" to me.)

"Shhh. (unintelligible)"
"I bet those things could get out of there if they wanted to, when you open that gate."

What I love about the exchange is that the kid starts with the fairly universal kid-premise of "What animal could beat another animal in a fight", but it quickly moves on to the specificity of his uncle's "swing" versus a monkey. The kid is thinking about his uncle's swing -- what he has in his mind is not simply a monkey attacking and his uncle naturally defending himself by trying to push the monkey off himself, or grappling with an attacking monkey until a zookeeper can assist and pull it off the guy, but rather: His uncle, with rounded shoulders and fists up, about to BOX WITH A MONKEY. The kid is literally imagining his human uncle FISTFIGHTING A MONKEY.
posted by Greg Nog at 3:51 AM on August 20, 2010 [12 favorites]


His uncle, with rounded shoulders and fists up, about to BOX WITH A MONKEY. The kid is literally imagining his human uncle FISTFIGHTING A MONKEY.

Oh, I took it as the kid thinking of his uncle using a stick. The kid is literally imagining his uncle CLUBBING A MONKEY, CAVEMAN-STYLE.
posted by DU at 4:57 AM on August 20, 2010


The wording of the post somehow led me to expect the horrific, but that was much more adorable than horrific.

Although I did catch myself thinking 'Those animals are getting way too comfortable with humans! How will they ever survive in the wild?' ....oh yeah.
posted by shakespeherian at 5:05 AM on August 20, 2010



"Well, why don't you hop in there with it and see how it likes tight jeans?"


That's what I heard too, and it cracked me up.
posted by custardfairy at 5:06 AM on August 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


The kid is literally imagining his human uncle FISTFIGHTING A MONKEY.

There's no proof his uncle is human. Maybe his uncle is a tigon.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 5:08 AM on August 20, 2010 [4 favorites]


Wait....Liger Channel?
posted by Miko at 5:53 AM on August 20, 2010


The "cubs" in the FPP tipped me off that There Would Not Be Blood, but I was halfway expecting the uncle and nephew to be big cats, with the "conversation" being an adorable and impenetrable mixture of chuffing and growling.

And now I'm envisioning a furry in tight jeans. Ack!
posted by maudlin at 6:08 AM on August 20, 2010


Dynamite had it all wrong. Tigons are clearly the more magical animal.
posted by Gin and Comics at 6:53 AM on August 20, 2010


You know, I'm really glad that I live in the modern era. I couldn't have made it this far at many points in history, because I process baby apex predators as ZOMG SO CUTE and adults as WHAT THE SHIT YOU ARE AWESOME AND YOU HAVE EXACTLY 38 SHARP TEE----.
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 6:59 AM on August 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


I've been renewed with the sense of MUST. CUDDLE. BABY BIG CAT. BEFORE I DIE.
posted by functionequalsform at 7:39 AM on August 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ligers and tigons and monkeys, oh my!

Sorry.
posted by Splunge at 7:50 AM on August 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ligers are bigger than tigons,
And tigons are bigger than cats,
And if ligers and tigons lived in your house,
You'd never have trouble with rats.
posted by merocet at 8:25 AM on August 20, 2010 [4 favorites]


The zookeeper in the first video should probably ensure someone is watching from outside at all times. If he fell and hit his head or something I think it's safe to say that those cute little ligers would probably not waste much time before they started chomping his flesh.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:38 AM on August 20, 2010


You look like you need a monkey!
posted by xedrik at 9:06 AM on August 20, 2010


A liger is nothing more than a clown ready to kill someone.

How does that make them different from standard-issue clowns?



I don't know. Do ligers have anything like juggalos?
posted by Naberius at 9:21 AM on August 20, 2010


but rather: His uncle, with rounded shoulders and fists up, about to BOX WITH A MONKEY. The kid is literally imagining his human uncle FISTFIGHTING A MONKEY.

There is a fine gorilla-boxing sequence in the otherwise risible and racist Lovecraft story "Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family." It's in the 2nd or 3rd section. I can't recommend reading the story through, but the gorilla-boxing was the best part. I mention this only because it is H.P> Lovecraft's birthday, and gorilla-boxing.
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:35 AM on August 20, 2010




Ha, that's great! Thanks, Greg Nog.
posted by Omnomnom at 9:56 AM on August 20, 2010


Saw a zookeeper lady playing with lion cubs once. She wore GREAT BIG THICK FUCKING GAUNTLETS. Them li'l cuties play rough.
posted by tspae at 10:42 AM on August 20, 2010


Greg Nog, the line with the "..." I think the uncle quips to the nephew "I think it likes your shorts." Prompting the nephew to reply with the "tight jeans" comments. This makes the tableaux all the more beautiful..
posted by intelligentless at 10:49 AM on August 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Is it just me or is that a shitty looking zoo? Damp cement? That's it? Here's hoping those are just temporary liger quarters.

And yeah, the dialogue is perfect. I thought maybe there were other family members around who weren't speaking, like a sister of the kid, and then the kid tossed out the aside about tight jeans to her.
posted by redsparkler at 11:04 AM on August 20, 2010


I think it's someone else off to the side who yells at the zookeeper: "I think it likes your shorts." That's who the nephew shouts at: "Well, why don't you hop in there with it and see how it likes tight jeans?"
posted by Kattullus at 11:04 AM on August 20, 2010


Gah, that emu - they are so freaky looking. If you ever try to help one, it won't thank you: mano a emu.
posted by madamjujujive at 1:46 PM on August 20, 2010 [3 favorites]


Came here for ligers and tigons and (something), oh my!. Was not disappointed.

BTW, male ligers are large for the same reason neutered male domesticated cats are large, at least partly: their testosterone production is less than that of a typical male lion or tiger. The cue for the bones to stop growing in cats is the increase in testosterone production during puberty.
posted by Araucaria at 2:13 PM on August 20, 2010


The kid's Kaintuck accent is nearly as cute as the liger cubs and their ambitious nomming. I notice that the zookeeper gives them a firm "no" when they jump up to grab him and play.

I neglect to do this to playful puppies, because I am always happy to fuss with dogs, but I expect it's really important to say no to big cats when they are still small.
posted by Countess Elena at 4:04 PM on August 20, 2010


I've been renewed with the sense of MUST. CUDDLE. BABY BIG CAT. BEFORE I DIE.

Just cuddle with a grown big cat and the chronology of that statement is fairly certain.
posted by LordSludge at 4:14 PM on August 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


I have handled one lion cub and bottle fed one tiger cub. The lion cub peed on my clothes and the kid's clothes. The smell fom the lion cub freaked out our house cats. The clothes we wore to this thing had to ne washed three ted to remove the smell.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 8:58 PM on August 21, 2010


the only use for genetic engineering is to make a tiger that maxes out around 75 pounds. i'd get me one 'o them!
posted by Redhush at 7:58 PM on August 22, 2010


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