Meet the Liger


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

Hercules - Largest Liger Guinness World Records 2012 Photo Credit: Jamers Ellerker/GuinnessWorld Records Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA
Hercules – Largest Liger
Guinness World Records 2012
Photo Credit: Jamers Ellerker/GuinnessWorld Records
Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA

Until eight weeks ago, I had no idea what a liger was, until I read an article about this beautiful hybrid big cat that only thrives in captivity. According to A-Z Animals, a liger is the offspring of a male lion (Panther leo) and female tiger or tigress (Panther tigris), which is striped and can come in different colors like tan with black stripes. Additionally, the hybrid liger can also come out white with black stripes; however, the color depends on the color of the parents.

So far, ligers have not been found in the wild, because lions and tigers actually live in different areas of the world. According to A-Z Animals, these hybrid ligers are generally sterile and only a small number of these beautiful big cats can be found in different zoos. These hybrid big cats measure about 12ft. tall whenever they are standing on their hind legs. These amazing hybrid big cats are huge compared to it parents and generally is known is the world’s largest cat.

Mating in captivity can happen in two different ways, which can be completed by natural instincts and mating has been done by human intervention. According to A-Z Animals, the liger has the mom stripes and some have the father’s mane and generally takes after the father in look, but the liger’s mane doesn’t look like the majestic lion. Some male ligers may not even grow a mane like their father. Every time a liger is born, it is anyone’s guess as to what he or she will look like once they are full grown.

One liger named, Hercules carries the world record in the 2014 Guinness Book of World Records for being biggest living liger in the world. According to Huff Post, Hercules weighs 922lbs and 131 inches long, as well as 49 inches tall at the shoulders. He enjoys his home at the Myrtle Beach Safari Wildlife Preserve in South Carolina. As a liger, Hercules is an endangered species due to the small number of these hybrid cats in the world.

References:

A-Z Animals (2015) Liger
Retrieved on the World Wide Web on September 25, 2015

Liger

Huff Post (2015) Hercules, 922-Pound Liger, Is the World’s Largest Living Cat (PHOTOS)
Retrieved on the World Wide Web on September 25, 2015
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/13/hercules-liger-worlds-largest-cat-photos_n_3920158.html

One comment

  1. Hey, I must agree that they are very cool animals.

    However they are not in this world naturally, this is why they wouldnt ever be able to exist iin the wild. they are not endangered because they were never suposed to be a species. they cannot breed, any of them. They are all sterille as it is the croossing of 2 different breeds. Its like crossing a cat with a dog, you may get a puppy/kitten but they wont be able to have a kid themselves, they wont be able to reproduce. This is why naturre is so beautiful, its stops problems like these happening so to not damage another breed.

    lets say they naturally started breeding in the wild, they are to easy to see do to the colors not so camuflaged, too big that they’re pray will see them before they can eat. they would eventually dye out not only killing themselves but tigers and lions too…

    nature has a beautiful corse. For example white tigers do not exist in the wild. That is a genetic mutation caused accidentally. in the wild if they were born this way they would die out, for the same reason i explained above. This is why you only really see them in captivity. However this is another major issue as they aren’t common when they do get one, we end up inbreeding them so to try and get more probabilities of the ‘white’ coat color. this results in many deformed animals with health problems too.

    Don’t get me wrong i’m not dissing what you say, they are very cool! but i just thought you should know that they aren’t really meant to be. its like when you cross a donkey with a horse you get a mule. Mules cant have babies.

    I hope you found this entertaining and interesting 🙂

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