Tuesday, April 10, 2007

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

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.

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

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