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Hercules The Liger


"Called a liger, in reference to his crossbreed parentage, he is the largest of all the cat species."


Has anyone seen him? I wish I could, but I don't live in the US.

He is impressive.


I haven't seen him in person, but I know that those pictures are several years old and he's a little bigger than that now.


Quite old but he's a big boy. Just playing around he could break an arm. He runs quite fast from what I've read. There arent many left and this doesnt happen in the wild.

Here's another shot to get the scale of these beasts!


I'm actually going to see him this weekend. He lives here now:


Should be pretty cool...if you're into gigantic cats.


Actually the first and only thing I saw was a cute park worker with a parrot. God bless Alpha Male.


I can't believe nobody mentioned this yet:

Deb: What are you drawing?
Napoleon Dynamite: A liger.
Deb: What's a liger?
Napoleon Dynamite: It's pretty much my favorite animal. It's like a lion and a tiger mixed... bred for its skills in magic.


First off, ligers are not a species. They're a hybrid.

Much of the text on that page was written by a retard (in the biological sciences at the very least). Geez.

"50mph runner..."? I doubt it. But I'd bet the poor thing will have serious hip and back problems as it ages due to its size.

"but most lions are in Africa [referring to African lions, obviously] and most tigers in Asia" Duh. Except for the ones in zoos.

"water-fearing lions"? What bullshit. African lions aren't afraid of water.

The Internet: where idiots get their idiot educations.


Yep, I also like the part where he claims that he usually eats 100lbs of meat at one sitting and 200 lbs a day. A lion can gorge itself after a kill and eat around 80 pounds of meat in one sitting. But then it wouldn't eat for several days.

Zoos typically feed lions (and tigers) from like 4 to 10 pounds of meat a day. A liger simply cannot consume 200 lbs of meat a day, nor could anyone afford the upkeep on such an animal.

Yeah, and the 50 mph thing is ridiculous. I'm 100% certain they've never actually tested this. And animal speeds are always exaggerated. I saw them test a cheetah on Myth Busters or some show like that a while back--having it run after a jeep. I think the cheetah got up to 50 something for a burst--that is an animal that is at the evolutionary limit for mammalian speed. Everything about it is adapted to be super fast.

A liger, if they had to live in the wild, would be an ambush predator--like a tiger, and probably pounce on really big, really slow things, like, oh, a hippo. The legs are way to short relative to the body for that thing to run fast--I'm guessing it is slower than a big Siberian tiger, and certainly way slower than a lion.

That said, it is still a damn impressive cat, around the size of some of those wicked ice age saber toothed cats.


A hippo would seriously murder a Liger, tiger or lion.


Are you on fucking crack?


Maybe in water, on land the liger would no doubt destroy it.

Also about the speed, seing as size is relative to speed on our level, if you scale an animal up and the rate of movement stays the same, the bigger animal is faster. What I mean is that a liger has a longer stride and if it's leg speed is the same, it will be covering more distance, which means more speed. Anyways, I bet they can get going pretty fast for a medium distance, that one big guy is a little tubby, if one grew up in the wild, i'm sure it would be a bit more athletic looking.



i don't think 50mph is a ridiculous figure. humans push 30. horses over 40.


Thats true. But the pictures are nice.


Assuming 1 on 1 full grown male vs full grown male.

I'm going with Hippo all the way.

Male hippos get up too 7000 lbs sometimes 5 tonnes. Hippos kill more humans per year than any other african mammal.



Unprotected calves may become meals for lions, hyenas, and crocodiles. Staying close to mother is good security since hippo jaws are capable of biting a 10-foot crocodile in two.



Bye bye Liger. :wink:


Okay, I was searching for a video of a hippo fighting so we can compare and contrast different fighting styles/abilities.

All I found was this though...

(I'm sorry)




A hippo will destroy any liger regardless of the ligers magic skills


none of those links say anything about "magic powers". wtf ?


that is like a real life monster as far as i'm concerned. i don't care if it was the most even tempered, docile animal ever, you could not get me to put my face right next to it like the lady in that picture.


Hippos are mean sobs and would crush a liger, lager, or tiger.