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The Liger - Half lion, half tiger.

Sunday, 23 November 2008 22:37

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What a fabulous cat.  The liger is a hybrid cross between a male lion, and a female Tiger. A liger resembles a giant lion with diffused stripes. Ligers have a tiger-like striping pattern on a lion-like tawny background. In addition they may inherit rosettes from the lion parent (lion cubs are rosetted and some adults retain faint markings). These markings may be black, dark brown or sandy. The background color may be correspondingly tawny, sandy or golden. In common with tigers, their underparts are pale. The actual pattern and color depends on which subspecies the parents were and on the way in which the genes interact in the offspring.They are the largest cats in the world, although the Siberian Tiger is the largest pure sub-species. Like tigers, but unlike lions, ligers enjoy swimming.
There have been several Liger Ambassadors;
Jungle Island in Miami is home to a liger named Hercules, the largest non-obese liger, who is recognized by the Guiness Book of World Records as the largest cat on Earth, weighing in at 900 lbs. Hercules was also featured on the Today ShowGood Morning AmericaAnderson Cooper 360Inside Edition and in a Maxim magazinearticle in 2005, when he was only 3 years old and already weighed 900 lbs at the time.  Hercules seems completely healthy and is expected to live a long life. The cat's breeding is said to have been a complete accident.
Sinbad, another Liger, was shown on the National Geographic Channel. Sinbad was reported to have the exact weight of Hercules.
Shasta, a ligress (female liger) was born at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City on May 141948 and died in 1972 at age 24. The 1973 Guinness world records reported an 18-year-old, 798-kg (1,756 lb) male liger living at Bloemfontein zoological gardens, South Africa, in 1888. Valley of the Kings animal sanctuary in Wisconsin had a male liger named Nook who weighed around 550 kg (1,210 lb), and passed away in 2007, at 21 years old.

For more info on Ligers, check out  http://www.liger.org/

Another recent article on Ligers:  Animal sanctuary worker dies after attack by ‘liger’
Peter Getz, 32, had entered the big cat’s enclosure on Wednesday while it was feeding, a violation of standard procedures. The hybrid cat, called a liger, bit Getz on the neck and back before other handlers rescued him and called 911. He was taken to a Tulsa hospital, where he died Thursday night.



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