September 15th, 2012

Big cat scruff reflex

Simple question: Do adult big cats (lions, tigers) have a scruff reflex after they're adults? That is, if you were big/strong enough to grab a tiger by the scruff, would it go limp and pull it's feet in like a domestic cat does?

Searched terms: Various permutations and combinations of "big cat scruff reflex" "adult tiger lion scruff reflex" "lion tiger scruff limp reflex" etc.

All I get is stuff about how most baby mammals have this reflex, or, in the couple links I found that were on this topic, that it's impossible to carry a tiger/lion/big cat anyway, or warnings about not carrying your pet cat by the scruff once they're adults.

Nothing about whether or not they retain the reflex into adulthood.