Tigers smarter than Lions

Zoologists at Oxford have discovered that Tigers have 16% larger brains than that of Lions, Leopards and Jaguars. In evolutionary terms a larger brain is related to larger intelligence. It was considered that Lions, being a more social species, would have had the larger intelligence it is now being researched into why Tigers have in fact the larger intellect. It may be that the Tiger uses its bigger brain to outwit and escape the Lion and other larger animals, since being more solitary the animal will have to be more alert and aware of its surroundings. So while the Lion may pack the brawn, the Tiger brings the brains to the feline kingdom.

Source: Daily Telegraph – Tom Whitehead – September 2009

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