Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hercules, The World’s Largest Big Cat

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”.












Pictures: BARRY BLAND / BARCROFT MEDIA
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13 comments :

Anonymous said...

One giant Cat!

But the article states that he is 12 feet long and 6 feet tall.

Clearly someone made an error, the cat is not 6 feet tall, probably somewhere between 3 and 4 feet...

Still a giant though.

Anonymous said...

ASLAN?!?

Brittany said...

Myrtle Beach is in South Carolina, not Southern California. lol

Anonymous said...

There is a Myrtle Beach, CA. Educate yourself before you speak.

Anonymous said...

six feet tall standing up dumb bitch

Anonymous said...

the article is rite the cat is 12 feet long from the tip of the nose to the tail, but it is still 6 feet tall when its standing on its rear extremities...

orbitaldeath said...

Dude.. 6 feet is the height or a normal wall that is about head height.. the cat is about double that when standing on its back feet.. compare it up against that double decker bus..So its about 12 feet long with its front paws out-stretched. but like 4.3 feet tall on all fours, perhaps 4.8 feet at its head.

Anonymous said...

it can't reach the top of the bus, look at the pile of dirt that it's standing on....not to say that the cat isn't huge and amazing.

Ray said...

That is one beautiful cat! As far as the statistics are concerned, they are right on the money. In your attempt to put put others down and make them out to be stupid, you're only showing your own ignorance. Clearly you do not understand the process or procedures that are used in determining the measurements. More to the point. although it is a wonderful cat to look at, I ask myself "what purpose does it serve in helping save it's parents from extinction. From it's sheer size and power it would devastate whatever natural setting it was introduced to. If a large enough number could be created. Then introduced to transition habitat. All of which are far fetched ideas. So in saying that what is their pupose? I do not know if I buy that this was an accidental mating. Why were these two large cats that for the most part do not share the same geographical area. And in the few cases where they do, they are enemies and use each other for a food source. Why was someone allowed to keep them together? Hercules is neat to look at but wish the owners had taken the time to breed the two parent cats so close to extinction, with their own kind.

Anonymous said...

on a few occasions ligers have been bred accidentally by having two cages close together. They bred through the bars.

Anonymous said...

well if that is the case why didnt they film it some dirty pervert would watch it.....

Anonymous said...

omg one big cat :p and hush up haters

Anonymous said...

Amazing creature. Hush with the negativity, it does no good.