Hercules – the Biggest of Big Cats

Hercules is a 900-pound-heavy, 6-feet-tall and 12-feet-long liger who holds the Guinness World Record for the largest cat.

Born from a lion father and tiger mother, Hercules grew into an impressive creature, able to run at speeds of up to 50 mph and eat 100 pounds of food in one sitting. Ligers have been known to be fat and unhealthy cats, but Hercules is an exceptional specimen that got the best from both feline races.

During a recent photo-shoot, Hercules’ caretakers wanted to show his enormous size by placing him against popular English symbols, like an old double-decker bus or a black cab. He was actually able to climb the bus to receive a tasty treat. It might look like the world’s biggest cat is actually in London, but he’s really quite close to home, at Freestyle Music Park in Myrtle Beach, Southern California.

Despite his gigantic size, Hercules is very tame and Dr. Bhagavan, one of the liger’s caretakers, says looking into his eyes is “like looking into God’s own eyes”.

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Above photos by BARCROFT MEDIA via Telegraph.co.uk

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Above photos via Daily Mail


   

Feedback (23 Comments)

  • Phil Posted on February 2, 2010

    As sweet as this creation is. One day there will be an accident. Playing god and creating new breeds doesn’t mean we have control.Fact.

  • Laurent Posted on February 17, 2010

    Myrtle Beach is in South Carolina, not South California.
    What a beautiful animal – I would love to get up close with it.

  • tr4 Posted on March 23, 2010

    WTF 1st comment playing god who cares the article is about a liger not how u protest new breeds.btw god didnt create species evolution dude.loser

  • Sibertiger Posted on April 17, 2010

    Today, biggest liger weighs 450 kilograms (900 lb). His father is a lion and mother tigress, but offspring in the reverse case would be a dwarf.

  • Sibertiger Posted on April 17, 2010

    Today, biggest liger weighs 450 kilograms (900 lb). His father is a lion and mother tigress, but offspring in the reverse case would be a dwarf.

  • Dennis, Malaysia Posted on October 10, 2010

    I have always been fascinated by big cats and this is one impressive beauty. However, safety is still one concern that the owner should look into.

  • Slasha Posted on November 8, 2010

    to Phil who said we shouldnt play god , the liger is not a new species, if you study biology you would know that when mixing species such as the tiger and lion, the resultant liger is sterile, it is the same with all mixtures of animals, this is because for the resultant crossbreed to be able to reproduce the two breeds need to be of the same genus, that is why dog and house cat breeds are able to interbreed because they are of the same genus

  • zortharg Posted on February 9, 2011

    Ummmm, how is it that he’s an exception to the rule that ligers are fat? You might want to reconsider next time you’re thinking of giving him 100 pounds of food to eat in a single sitting. Try making it just 50. His gut’s hanging so low, he looks like a giant dachshund. If he wasn’t a boy I’d think she was pregnant, and really showing it. Have you considered renaming him Garfield?

  • Tim f Posted on May 10, 2011

    Stupid creation could this animal sustain itself in the wild. Too big, too heavy too slow, just a freak of an animal.

    Very pretty though

  • Dave Posted on June 3, 2011

    Um this socalled new feline is a failure.there is no grace to this fat cat

  • deis Posted on June 19, 2011

    If there is no grace the cat is not the one that lacks it.

  • bennyboy Posted on July 25, 2011

    is this real omg.

  • Robin Posted on August 17, 2011

    To tr4: yes, this is an act of playing a role in breeding as lions and tigers do no mate in the wild. You have to breed them in captivity. If you leave them alone and do not captivate them, they will never breed, mainly because they are naturally not friendly with each other. Also, lions are located mainly in Africa and tigers are located mainly in Asia. Taking them out of their environment and doing something they have never naturally done before, is playing God is some facet. It’s not evolution. Get your facts straight.

  • Nmnmkh Posted on September 12, 2011

    @robin it may not be playing god. To some people god does not exist. It is all a matter of opinion. I am not agreeing with tr4, I am just stating the obvious.

  • Sherri Posted on October 20, 2011

    It is extremely rare but I have read in factual history books, that due to the natural regions where lions and tigers are found in the wild, do in fact cross over in some portions of the world, there have been a few instances where ligers were produced naturally in the wild. As far as being slow, he can still run up to 50 mph. That’s not that slow considering he weighs 900 lbs!! And yes, he is a creature of beauty and a natural act of God. His owners did not “try” to make a crossbreed. His parents shared a large enclosure at a zoo or rescue and mated on their own. They were not forced to do so and artificial means were not used.

  • Danielle Posted on February 27, 2012

    He is one beautiful cat, I would love to see him in person!!!!!!!!!