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article imageWorld's Largest Cat a Liger

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By Brandigal (Donna)     Apr 15, 2007 in Lifestyle
A liger is when a lion is mated with a Tiger. The result is one enormous cat.
Hercules is what is called a Liger. His parents are a lion and a tiger.
He is about 900 pounds and over 10 feet tall when he is on his back legs.
He can run about 50 mph and he loves to swim in the water.
Lions fear the water, but Tigers do not. He can eat up to 100 lbs of food at one sitting.
big teeth
big teeth
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Ligers have been bred in captivity since shortly before World War II. In the wild they probably would not ever breed because they are natural enemies. But in captivity it is possible.
Hercules laying down
Hercules laying down
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Hercules parents are at the Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species, in Miami, Florida.
sitting
sitting
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The video states that he is now 12 feet tall but he seems very tame. Imagine having this as a pet that you have to share your home with.
standing
standing
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That is one big head
That is one big head
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