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Tiger Skull

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by Thomas Goodchild, May 2, 2021.

  1. Thomas Goodchild

    Thomas Goodchild New Member

    ADDE66D1-0E64-4CCA-9B79-F9C2DDF35C7E.jpeg D820BA88-453C-45D5-88DB-C317298772ED.jpeg I’ve recently come into possession of this skull from my grandfather, it’s about a century old and was told it was a tigers. Could someone tell me if this is correct, I’ve done some research and believe it is but just want to make sure. I’m in the process of getting a CITES permit for selling this, just so I can have the option, and was wondering what price this would be along with the paw? - as seen there is a section that was removed so will lower the value - The skull is a large one, compared to what I’ve seen being 39cm in length, and the paw is 28cm in length. Pictures are above. thanks
     

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  2. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Would say that it was definitely a tiger. As for a permit, I would be very surprised if you get one. Not in the USA. You may be able to get permission to sell it in the state you live in but that would be all. You can not sell to someone that is not a resident of your state (meaning a license or other photo ID is required of the buyer to prove they are a resident), can not ship out of your state for any reason.

    Now .. I notice in your profile, you say you are in England. If so, lucky you. You will indeed be able to sell it and even ship it to a few other countries ... Canada even but absolutely not the USA. You would have to do the conversion but you could easily ask $2000 USD for it, depending on the damage, and probably get that amount. I would love to see more photos of it from the other sides. Looks to be an old zoo cat that was shot to put it down. You might want to consider hanging on to Grandpas skull and hand it down to your own kids.

    This is one of my favorite pages for IDing tigers and lions. http://mambobob-raptorsnest.blogspot.com/2008/07/lion-and-tiger.html
     
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  3. jec.210

    jec.210 New Member

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    I’m 98% sure that’s a African lion skull. A tiger skull has a more defined brow line where as a lion is almost flat across.
     
  4. steve torna

    steve torna New Member

    May we see some additional photos? A lateral (side) view at skull level would be beneficial in identification. The bullet entry at the nasal frontal suture must have blown out the palate and much of the ventral details; may I see a photo of the ventral (bottom) of the skull as well. thanks
     
  5. Thomas Goodchild

    Thomas Goodchild New Member

    as I’m sure you can see they took out quite a bit of inside the skull. Thanks a lot for pricing it, I cannot find any price range anywhere. I will take it to Cambridge to get an experts view but here are more photos. I think I will hang onto it, but for the tiger paw how much do you think that would go for? I have it’s claw that’s missing in the first photo of it helps. 687A00BF-EB82-4ED9-BC93-E596C27F1867.jpeg F066D28D-AACC-4721-8E8B-8F6DFBB75EF6.jpeg 8C661E07-90BB-4FEF-9748-0695C12DB65D.jpeg 46AE7425-06BB-4360-8136-41F68A08B7CD.jpeg 935A1D93-D4F7-4DD5-8BC6-BB86A34E275F.jpeg 06155337-FAEF-48B1-9CF5-A1279E7BC847.jpeg EC44001D-E3F0-4D12-85C8-2B5B7AF216E1.jpeg 687A00BF-EB82-4ED9-BC93-E596C27F1867.jpeg F066D28D-AACC-4721-8E8B-8F6DFBB75EF6.jpeg 8C661E07-90BB-4FEF-9748-0695C12DB65D.jpeg 46AE7425-06BB-4360-8136-41F68A08B7CD.jpeg 935A1D93-D4F7-4DD5-8BC6-BB86A34E275F.jpeg 06155337-FAEF-48B1-9CF5-A1279E7BC847.jpeg EC44001D-E3F0-4D12-85C8-2B5B7AF216E1.jpeg Thanks
     
  6. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Nope. :) Sutures ID it as a tiger.
     
  7. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    That really is a nice, old cat with considerable arthritis. Lucky acquisition. As for the paw, not really sure. The claws alone might be worth some but they are also really worn down and damaged.
     
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  8. steve torna

    steve torna New Member

    Thank you for sharing the photos.
     
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  9. e101011

    e101011 Member

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    I’m not saying that I would buy that illegally.... but I might.
     
  10. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    LOL. Go legal. I "might" be putting up for sale a hybrid Ti-Ti-Liger skull. Liger crossed back with a tiger twice. Absolutely legal to own as it is a hybrid. Have the documents to go with it. Very close to a tiger but bigger and in pristine condition. Will be over $2000 for it though. Not either a tiger or a lion, not even a liger, but something much, much more rare than any of them.
     
  11. e101011

    e101011 Member

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    I wouldn’t even know how to categorize that on my otherwise very well-organized list.... but I’ll figure it out! Let me know if/when.
     
  12. Thomas Goodchild

    Thomas Goodchild New Member

    i would be very interested in that purchase please keep us updated
     
  13. Great Skulls

    Great Skulls Active Member

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    I agree. Looks like a classic tiger. And it is almost certainly a zoo specimen: tooth cracks, wear and calculus are all very zooey. Cool specimen. Good luck getting documentation. I really would recommend keeping it if you can.