As we already know, Male lion looks bigger because of his mane, while
on the other hand, tiger's stripes serve a very definite purpose, to help them hide.
so what would happen if we swaps them?
1. let's start with this male lion compared to Banda of Kanha
Banda is a huge tiger but not as huge as Waghdoh or Kaziranga guys
2. now remove the background so we can get a better look
notice both are in the same distance to camera with similar body angle
3. next lets remove lions mane and tiger's stipes
starting to see the difference?
lion's head is bigger compared to his body, while tiger's head looks relatively smaller compared to his huge body.
tiger's forearm is bigger and more muscular than lion's.
not only that, tiger hindlegs also looks more well built than lion's (remember tiger stand up with good balance in fight)
notice the big front area of lion compared to his rear area,
maybe that is the reason why lion looks clumsy when standing on their hind legs
4. final step, lets swaps the stripes to lion body and the mane to tiger's shoulder
its completely different story. the lion became a medium sized tiger with a bigger head
while the tiger became a 'giant' lion even with relatively smaller head.
completely different to the first photo isn't it?
remember there's no reduction or exaggeration on this,
if you guys don't believe me then check it using ACDSee program
if Banda can transform to a giant lion, what would happen to Waghdoh or Kaziranga guys?
so what do you think guys?