922-Pounds: Hercules, The World's Largest Living Feline

January 9, 2014

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I actually just stumbled across this monster while doing research for rideable cats for my last post. I do research! Granted it never shows, but sometimes I will Google something if it tickles my fancy. And rideable cat mounts definitely tickle my fancy. You? You try tickling any part of me and I'll kick you in the face.

Hercules is a liger -- the hybrid offspring of a male lion and a tigress -- who lives at the Myrtle Beach Safari wildlife preserve in South Carolina. He is 131 inches long, and measures 49 inches tall at the shoulder.


But at 922 pounds, big is an understatement for the world's largest living cat, according to the 2014 Guinness Book of World Records.

Ligers, which do not exist in the wild, can grow to twice the size of their parents and weigh about a hundred times more than the average house cat.

Heck yeah, throw a saddle on that bad boy and I am READY TO GO TO TOWN. Or the liquor store down the block. What's the rule on riding giant cats in the street -- do you need a valid driver's license? Can I park in a handicapped spot? I do kind of walk with a limp to the left side. You know why? "Probably something to do with your penis." YEP, same reason why the earth is tilted on its axis.

Keep going for one more shot to appreciate just how big this bastard's head is.

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Thanks to me, for taking a chance and Googling something besides dinosaur erotica for once.

  • Alex Honnor

    why call it a bastard?

  • Elak Swindell

    Big it might be, but that cat is way over feed. Look at the belly of it in the first photo. Time to put kitty on a diet.

  • John Norris

    I love Ligers! "It's pretty much my favorite animal. It's like a lion and a tiger mixed.....bred for it's skills in magic." That's why you can't find them in the wild.

  • iofo61

    Hercules? Forget that, dye that thing green and name it Battle Cat.

  • monkeydroid

    Too bad we can't keep hybridizing the thing to make it even bigger.

  • Taeis

    He used to be at King Richards Faire =D
    I saw him when I was 8 lol

  • Susan Miller

    That cat is overweight. Not healthy.

  • RareAwesomeman

    ill allow myself to be eaten trying to hug this thing

  • ziz

    It won't be the largest living feline for long- look at the gut on that thing!

  • WhiteEagle2

    I had to scroll back and forth a few times to decide if the guy in the second picture was the girl in the first picture.

  • Vladeon

    Internet, you've disappointed me. 8 comments and not a single "giant pussy" joke? What has the world come to?

  • Because this is not Reddit :)

  • Ken

    It's, like, my favorite animal.

  • Finley Brentwood

    Can the US please start using metric units and join the rest of the effing world!!??

  • Alex Honnor

    "You lead by example" you are the only country that uses feet & inches! FYI when America was under British rule you used metric, then you decided to make up your own measuring system!, when done!

  • ThePhantom Menace

    We lead by example, the rest of the world needs to get it's shit together!

  • Vammie

    Metric system is an evolved system. Imperial, as the name suggests, is an older system. There is a reason why metric is introduced after imperial. Because imperial doesn't make any sense. US is not leading in this aspect. In fact, they are lagging behind because they are being stubborn, just like with television technology or telephone routing standards etc. They are feeling the pain though. Retail industry has to mark most of the products in both systems and science and technology communities are constantly going back and forth between these two confusing themselves all the time. US also is paying the operational overhead for any standard conversions when interacting with international entities, which is just wasting money (that is actually borrowed from rest of the world in the first place). And to think US is actually leading in this aspect is just ignorance (and being the typical "American Jerk"). In my experience, most Americans cannot convert their units, for example miles to feet or cups to ounces, accurately (because it's not easy). It's not like they got separated from rest of the world and that's why they are still using it. Canada and Mexico and rest of the Americas use metric system. It's just being stubborn.

  • So it's basically an american.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    Yup, this thing has the grace of a Boeing 747...

  • Hokie62

    And it will die soon because it suffers from gigantism and will continue to grow until its organs fail. The life of a liger is short and painful with a ton of health problems.

  • Guest

    Shasta, a ligress (female liger) was born at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City on 14 May 1948 and died in 1972 at age 24. Valley of the Kings animal sanctuary in Wisconsin had a male liger named Nook who weighed around 550 kg (1,213 lb),[citation needed] and died in 2007, at 21 years old.[citation needed] Hobbs, a male liger at the Sierra Safari Zoo in Reno, Nevada, lived to almost 15 years of age before succumbing to liver failure and weighed in at 410 kilograms (900 lb).[citation needed] A liger lived for 17 years in Bloemfontein South Africa.[citation needed] This liger was born in 1943 and died in 1960.

  • jakejacques
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