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Herculean in Size, Hercules By Name

His name is Hercules, so with a name like that you know he’s got to be big and this Liger does not disappoint!

That’s right Hercules is a Liger, an hybrid offspring between a male Lion and Tigress. He weighs in at a whopping 922 pounds, and that, according to the Guinness Book of Records 2014, makes Hercules the world’s largest living cat.

Photo Credit: Jamers Ellerker/GuinnessWorld Records

He lives at the Myrtle Beach Safari wildlife preserve in South Carolina, his length and hight don’t disappoint either, being 131 inches long and 49 inches at the shoulder.

You can watch Hercules here by clicking play below:

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.

Photo Credit: Jamers Ellerker/GuinnessWorld Records

The safari, also known as TIGERS –- The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species –- where tours are given by reservation, is owned by Bhagavan “Doc” Antle, who also founded the Rare Species Fund in 1982, to help endangered wildlife around the world such as elephants, rhinos, orangutans and other big cats.

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