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World's Largest Liger (Lion+Tiger)

Posted by Rahul Doshi | 10/18/2007 11:06:00 PM | | 50 comments »

Know what's a Liger? It's a cross breed of a Lion male and Tiger female...

Read on......

The 10ft Liger who's still growing...

He looks like something from a prehistoric age or a fantastic creation from Hollywood . But Hercules is very much living flesh and blood - as he proves every time he opens his gigantic mouth to roar. Part lion, part tiger, he is not just a big cat but a huge one, standing 10ft tall on his back legs. Called a liger, in reference to his crossbreed parentage, he is the largest of all the cat species.

On a typical day he will devour 20lb of meat, usually beef or chicken, and is capable of eating 100lb at a single setting. At just three years old, Hercules already weighs half a ton.

He is the accidental result of two enormous big cats living close together at the Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species, in Miami, Florida , and already dwarfs both his arents. "Ligers are not something we planned on having," said institute owner Dr Bhagavan Antle. "We have lions and tigers living together in large enclosures and at first we had no idea how well one of the lion boys was getting along with a tiger girl, then loo and behold we had a liger."

50mph runner... Not only that, but he likes to swim, a feat unheard of among water-fearing lions. In the wild it is virtually impossible for lions and tigers to mate. Not only are they enemies likely to kill one another, but most lions are in Africa and most tigers in Asia . But incredible though he is, Hercules is not unique. Ligers have been bred in captivity, deliberately and accidentally, since shortly before World War II.

Today there are believed to be a handful of ligers around the world and a similar number of tigons, the product of a tiger father and lion mother. Tigons are smaller than ligers and take on more physical characteristics of the tiger.

Look at the size of the head on this thing.. :o)

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  1. Kimberleyy // May 14, 2008 6:04 PM  

    This Animal Is Fasanating
    But Arnt Lions And Tigers Enimes
    So How Did They Breed
    The Liger Is A New Speacies
    Please Reply

  2. Cormac // January 07, 2009 6:39 AM  

    Tigers and lions aen't "enemies," they rarely if at all come into contact with each other in the wild as there are no tigers in Africa

  3. Erin // January 07, 2009 6:40 AM  

    Christ lady, learn how to read and then spell.

  4. jazzlizard // January 07, 2009 6:40 AM  

    Animals aren't enemies with one another. The concept of being enemies with someone is completely human. You see lions accidentally raising baby gazelles, dolphins helping humans, and flocks of birds mingling with members of other bird species all the time. Besides, the urge to mate is one of the most powerful in the animal kingdom, let alone the human one. They were well fed in their zoo enclosure, and ended up getting rather friendly, that's all.

  5. Wormocious: Bodhisattva of Nanoemotions // January 07, 2009 7:46 AM  

    no, they are not "enemies", as this would imply that they are naturally around one another, and their habitats overlap only in a few square miles. In the wild, were the two to meet, they would almost certainly see one another as competition, but this Liger (and almost all) was produced in captivity, where much of their natural instincts are restricted or not at all present. The article states that the tigers and lions are housed together where this liger was conceived (a stupid idea in the first place), so just like a cat and dog, in the wild, not friends, but in captivity (or a household) the two can tolerate, or even grow to like or love one another.

  6. Juan // January 07, 2009 10:31 AM  

    did you read the article or just look at the pretty pictures?

  7. Juan // January 07, 2009 10:31 AM  

    did you read the article or just look at the pretty pictures?

  8. CalDupont // January 07, 2009 11:51 AM  


    One, fascinating.
    Two, it explains it if you read it. In captivity Tigers and lions are occasionally held in the same area and actually can get along. It was an accident.
    Three, Not a new species. They said it's been happening since shortly after World War 2, which pegs it at around 63 years ago.

    That is not meant to sound mean, if it does. ~Jane

  9. SAMOHHHH // January 07, 2009 4:04 PM  

    they can breed through artificial insemination. there is a problem with them as lions are social and tigers are not, so they come out confused. also they are sterile.

  10. Cupcake Slaughter // January 07, 2009 5:32 PM  

    Tiger and Lions are not enemies.
    They do not even live in the same regions.

  11. Kyle // January 07, 2009 7:07 PM  

    Manmade, they live in different parts of the world

  12. Puddyt // January 08, 2009 2:32 PM  

    They do live in the same Regions!

    Specifically there are wild lions in India as well as tigers - Just a different subspecies. there's only about 400 Asiatic Lions left in the wild but they used to be common.
    So they do live in the same regions

  13. john // January 08, 2009 11:04 PM  

    I recently read (though I can not for the life of me remember where) that Ligers are usually sterile, but there have in fact been ligers who were able to reproduce.

  14. Jon Ander // January 09, 2009 2:28 AM  

    Actually, there ARE lions in India!
    So, maybe sometimes lions and tigers crossed paths in the wild

  15. Minda // January 10, 2009 12:01 AM  

    I am just going to say, that before I ran across this Liger page, I've seen many pages talking about how bad it is to cross breed lions and tigers. Maybe this particular liger is in good mental condition. But many other cross breeds of these two animals have severe mental and physical disabilites.

  16. rehevkor5 // January 10, 2009 12:12 AM  

    From what I can tell, ligers are not a species at all (as the article suggests). This is because there has never been offspring (let alone viable offspring) from a liger mother and father.

  17. Wemic // January 10, 2009 12:19 AM  

    that thing looks as big as a grizzly bear.. holy moly!

  18. Script Maven // January 10, 2009 12:38 AM  

    Two reasons why they get so big:

    1) Same thing as neutered male cats. They have lower testosterone because of the cross-breeding, and it is testosterone that signals the bones to finish their development and stop growing.

    2) In lions, there is selection pressure from the male side to increase size as much as possible, and from the female side to inhibit male size. This is because of the pride's social structure. In tigers, there is no pride/pack, so there is no size-based selection pressure and the female tiger has no genes to supress male growth.

  19. Charles Winston Jarslberg // January 10, 2009 12:53 AM  

    I think we should all just leave Kimberly alone.

    She can't spell, how would you expect the poor girl to read the article. I'm a college graduate and I just looked at all the pretty pictures.

    Plus Andy Warhol once said, "I would never read, I just looked at pictures."

    Lions, Tigers and Bears.

  20. gmelton // January 10, 2009 12:54 AM  

    Is it true Ligers are breed for their skills in magic?

  21. joe // January 10, 2009 12:56 AM  

    Cormac, the reason Tigers no longer exist in Africa is because the Lions killed them all--dumbass.

  22. D.Bauchery // January 10, 2009 12:59 AM  

    Haha..really...whas with the spelling, KinberlEYY? And why are you all speculating? The article said that the lion and tiger (thank heavens no bears were involved) met in captivity.

  23. MB // January 10, 2009 1:14 AM  

    OMG read the damn article. It explains everything you guys are arguing about.

  24. hoyt // January 10, 2009 1:34 AM  

    Aren't they bred for their skills in magic?

  25. Bruce // January 10, 2009 1:36 AM  

    I think it was bred for its skills in magic.

  26. Matt // January 10, 2009 1:56 AM  


    Them ain't liger pixels.

    I can tell.

  27. chrisissuper // January 10, 2009 2:04 AM  

    @ john.

    Ligers are rarely able to reproduce due to mixing of the chromosones between the species. Sometimes they pair up and produce a fertile Liger - it is usually the females who are fertile.

  28. Neo // January 10, 2009 2:19 AM  

    here in cincinnati we have quite a collection of Bengal Tigers and others at the zoo, this animal is huge. And seems almost domesticated.

  29. Nick Russo // January 10, 2009 4:39 AM  

    Bred for it's skills in magic...

  30. Jacob // January 10, 2009 5:16 AM  

    I think Kimberleyy might be A New Speacies. That doesn't make her my Enimee though.

  31. trinity351 // January 11, 2009 4:24 PM  

    ok, so a few things.
    1) this could be classified as a "species" by the definition "A basic unit of biological classification" however, it also canNOT be classified by the definition "Often defined as a group of organisms capable of interbreeding"

    2) similar to a mule (donkey x horse) the offspring are usually sterile, however occasionaly not.

    3) the two species (tiger & lion) would, in a natural setting, not breed because (as previously mentioned) lions are gregarious (group animals) and tigers are not. they would also most likely be competing for the same piece of meat rather than mating. In a captive setting, however, this is not the case and (as the article states) happened all on its own

    4) cross breeding these two species is HIGHLY frowned upon in the scientific and animal communities because they are so different behavior-wise (as previously mentioned) it causes mental issues in the offspring. This one however was not bred by people and happened to be lucky enough to come out ok.

    5) someone was giving explanations as to why [hercules] is so big, i'd like to add on to that- large cats (tigers, lions, leopard, etc) all continue to grow pretty much until the day they die. Hercules is already in the guiness book as the largest cat and has a place held for himself in future years as every year he will break his own record.

    6) none of these pictures were fabricated/shopped. I have actually met the handelers and been able to see this cat up close (about 10' away). He travels the renisance festival circut between florida and new hampshire about once a year.

    7) while tigers are often hunted for their "magical abilities" and "medicinal properties" and i'm sure lions are as well... THIS ONE WAS NOT BRED and they don't actually have any magic. grow up and put something worth reading here or go put your magic comments into another posting.

  32. Sister Sabbay // January 12, 2009 12:39 AM  

    This article and showcase of a Liger actually validates the Creation Theory, unknowingly. The Creation Theory presented a notion years ago. EGW made a comment regarding the amalgamation of various species of animals and how it caused the emergence of larger animals, such as Dinosaurs, fascinating piece, to my recollection, substantiating the Creation of this Earth and Beings, initiated by the Most High God, our Heavenly Father (Genesis 1).


  33. Minda // January 12, 2009 10:05 AM  

    Sister Sabbay :

    I don't see the correlation between cross breeding tigers and lions, and the book of Genesis. Sorry.

    The only way you got that conclusion is by making this prove what you want it to prove. God probably never intended on the Liger being in existence, seeing as the Liger is a man-made phenomenon.

  34. HaylTommie // January 18, 2009 10:39 PM  

    This is a really amazing aminal. I wonder if it is the same animal as in the Guiness World Record Book?

    As for this Kimberlyy girl, you all should be ashamed of your actions and replys towards her. Have you ever thought that maybe she's a young child? A nine year old could have written that, and you all just bullyed her down. This is supposed to be an educational website, not a place to be afraid to ask questions, in case of being harassed... Time to grow up people.

  35. jenna // January 20, 2009 10:21 AM  

    Uhhh. Guys? Maybe Kimberleyy is just a little girl and she doesn't know how to spell that stuff. And,
    your just being mean to help yourself feel better. So, Jacob, Juan, Jazzlizard, and Erin if you're just going to be mean, than you shouldn't leave any comments at all. And especially Erin. Be nicer. It'll haunt you when you get older and you won't have any friends.
    ~Jenna G., California

  36. Wendy // January 21, 2009 3:28 PM  

    I live in Canberra in Australia and we've got two tigons in our National Australia Zoo. They were an unexpected surprise at a circus.They had a female tiger and a male lion - both quite old - who occupied cages next to one another and became good friends. They decided that they'd open the wall between and put them together to double their space. Apparently they weren't as past-it as the staff thought, because the tiger became pregnant. These two tigons -a male and female are the results, but the zoo has vetoed breeding with them because they are not a species.

  37. Emily // January 23, 2009 1:54 AM  

    wow you people have no life.

  38. Bakhtiyar // February 22, 2009 8:03 PM  

    this is fat cat
    it will die in wild
    it would feed one party dinner for 300 people

  39. Philip // July 07, 2009 11:25 PM  

    How is babby formed?????

  40. darran311 // February 16, 2010 12:57 AM  

    to the person who said they are sterile, they arent sterile they wouldnt be listed as a viable species if they were, they are breed occasionally with other big cats

  41. kemo // April 10, 2010 11:34 PM  

    now dats wat i call a walking time boom!!!!

  42. Muchan // April 15, 2010 5:35 PM  

    Hi, Wendy!
    Today I went to Canberra Zoo and there were no any tigons! Only two tigers! Do you know what happened to the tigons?

  43. jyoung // July 01, 2010 4:25 AM  

    Hey Bakhtiyar, want to buy a vowel?

  44. Unknown // August 25, 2011 1:49 AM  

    This animal is amazing

  45. Unknown // August 25, 2011 1:51 AM  

    Uhh Lion+Tiger, u guys are sick!!!!!!!!

  46. Semara // September 24, 2011 9:04 PM  

    a few questions, first off, it is know obviously that this is not a good mix because of their different behavioral patterns causing severe mental conditions, and two they are from different regions of the world, which means different climates, terrain, suitable food choices should be different for each species, why in the world would anyone with any knowledge keep them in the same enclosure to begin with? This is irresponsible and whoever is in charge of creating the enclosure's at the zoo needs to be fired and charged criminally with animal cruelty, furthermore, to whomever it was that said this poor animal is being taken around to renaissance festivals, this is also irresponsible as these animals have been known to be unstable and being around so many people could cause the poor animal to become afraid, feel threatened, etc. then where would they be if their Liger decided to kill off a bunch of humans, they would Kill it stating that it is unstable and shouldn't be around humans, its sad really, this animal has to suffer because humans are being irresponsible, as beautiful as he is.

    and to those who said to kimberlyy oh what if she's a 9 year old and doesn't know how to spell...she probably shouldn't be on the internet unsupervised if she's 9, so a parent should probably be there to help her spell the difficult words. Kimberlyy if you really are 9 years old, stay off the net without someone there to supervise, there are nasty people out there who can come and kill you.

  47. Semara // September 24, 2011 9:17 PM  

    Bravo to the zoo keepers who made this possible, not only have you succeeded in keeping two animals who are from different regions and therefore need different climate control and terrain in the same enclosure, but you have put them together knowing they are capable of breeding with each other, and the results are rarely positive, these poor crossbreeds are most of the time born with severe mental and physical disabilities. they are unstable and it is not only cruel but irresponsible to keep the two different species together, for christ sake you wouldn't let a monkey impregnate a human would you? that's actually illegal inner species erotica, so why would you allow these two to mate? (and before everyone jumps in and says didn't you read it was an accident!!! yes I did read that, and it was an accident that could have been prevented had they been kept in proper enclosure's) This is an absolutely beautiful animal, but its cruel and irresponsible to keep them together.

    and to Kimberleyy if you're not 9 years old try reading the article, and using a dictionary. if you are 9 years old, you shouldn't be on the internet unsupervised, there are bad people on the internet who like to abduct little girls, get a parent to help you spell something, or for that matter if you see a red line under the word while you're typing, type the word into the google search, hit enter/return and if it is spelled wrong, usually google will correct you :)

  48. Ringo254 // November 28, 2011 12:40 PM  

    Hey semara. How bout you shut your liberal ignorant mouth. Its a blessing that there are people helping to preserve both the lion and tiger species so that they might still be around for the next generations not extinct. As for kimberly not being supervised on the internet most parents have alot more important things to do than proof read a posted question on a website. They have obviously done there job because the child is looking up educational information not something like dirty pictures. And thank you to the people who put information on here instead of just posting to blast other people to make themselves feel smart.

  49. mike // September 01, 2012 7:18 AM  

    well that escalated quickly

  50. RavenWay // April 23, 2013 12:06 AM  

    Erm... this isn't a new species?
    It's a hybrid. Therefore completely incapable of producing offspring due to the fact they're infertile; meaning it cannot fulfill the criteria to be classed as a separate species. It cannot populate an area through mating with an animal of identical make up.

    I like how most people overlooked this fact and clutched on to the use of the word 'enemy' instead xD