A leopon is a hybrid resulting from the crossing of a male leopard with a lioness.

Interestingly, The leopon has a head basically identical to a lion (though with spots) but the rest of its body looks the same as a leopard. It’s like if someone stuck the head of one animal on the body of another. The first documented leopon was naturally bred at Kolhapur, India in 1910.

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Here are some interesting features about Leopon:

  • Leopons are larger than leopards but of course smaller than lions.
  • Like a leopard, they can climb a tree and also seem to enjoy the water.
  • Male leopons have a sparse mane (about 20 cm long), a feature of the lion.
  • Amazingly, female leopons are generally larger than male leopons.
  • The body structure of leopon is like a lion but with spots on the body like a leopard.

Being a highly rare naturally occurring hybrid; it is known to have captively created at Koshien Hanshin Park in Nishinomiya City, Japan. A leopon was bred here that lived for 20 years, while average lifespan of leopards in captivity is only 13 years.

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Thank you for reading, stay connected for more posts over the amazing hybrids found in nature. Also read:  Lion x Tiger =Liger

 

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