Tigers, Lions, Leopards and all other species of big cats are WILD animals, they will always have their wild instincts and as this video by Big Cat Rescue illustrates they will never make good “pets”!
Did you know there are over 10,000 privately owned tigers, lions and other big cats in the USA?! Not only does this mean that thousands of big cats are living in terrible conditions, it’s also a major risk to public safety! Since 1990, U.S. incidents involving captive big cats—including tigers, lions, cougars, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs and lion/tiger hybrids—have resulted in the deaths of 21 humans, 247 maulings, 259 escapes, 143 big cats deaths and 132 confiscations.
The informal term “big cat” is typically used to refer to any of the four largest (living) members of the entire Panthera genus. Among the five total species within the Panthera genus, these four are the only animals that are able to roar.
In descending order of their maximum potential size, these four species are: tigers, lions, jaguars and leopards. A more liberal and expansive definition is sometimes used which may include the snow leopard, puma, clouded leopard and/or cheetah, although these added species do not roar.