World's biggest cat weighs almost 1,000 pounds

World's biggest cat weighs almost 1,000 pounds
Associated Press
Associated Press
The new edition of Guinness World Records says the largest cat in the world lives in South Carolina.

The cat is a liger named Hercules weighing 922 pounds and living at the Myrtle Beach Safari wildlife preserve. A liger is a cross between a lion and a tiger.

Hercules is almost 11 feet long and stands about four feet high. He was born among a litter of four in November 2001 and named after the mythological character.

Hercules had a big head when he was born, that he simply grew into with age. If he’s averse to doing something, he simply sits down.

Hercules consumes 20 to 25 pounds of meat daily and has favorite logs he uses to sharpen his claws.

He reacted to the rarity of snowfall in South Carolina by rolling around in the accumulation, enough to make a giant liger snow angel.

Critical thinking challenge: Why does Guinness care about the world's biggest cat — or the the world's biggest anything, for that matter?


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That is the biggest cat I ever seen. Is a liger part lion and tiger? It is so cool that they are trying to make new animals in to the world.

This is really cool. This tiger will probably kill real easily though because it is so big. I would be scared to be right next to the tiger because it might think of you as prey. If the tiger was trained he might be a good pet but as there natural instincts they are supposed to kill whatever they must. It is a great accomplishment they had for the tiger being so big!

That cat is dangerous. I doubt it could run, but if it could, it would kill everything in sight. I'm glad it lives in a wildlife preserve, not a zoo, becaue it has a lot more room to move around. I'm also glad it's not in the wild, because then it would kill a lot of animals and the ecosystem would be messed up.

I think that this is really cool because it is the biggest cat in the world. This biggest cat in the world is called a liger which is called a liger.

It is pretty cool seeing what you get when you combine a lion and a tiger.WOW that's one FAT KITTY really if it's alive for 2 more years maybe its going to blow up. Its funny that she feeds him from a bottle!

I think they care because it's interesting to people to see unusual things. Like a liger, or better yet a 1000 pound liger! It's just really interesting to learn about things that are more fun to know about.

I also think that this is interesting because there are probably not a lot of ligers in the world. Its even better because its almost one thousand pounds.

THAT WAS SO COOL, IS THERE A LIGAR EXCEPT HERCULES?THAT LIGAR IS SO BIG THAT I THINK IT EAT ME.SO WHERE ARE LIGARS FROM, HERE'S WHERE I THINK HIS FAMILY CAME FROM.(AFRICA).

That is a very huge cat. 1,000 pounds! Lions are big cats and so are tigers so, I can see how Her got so big. Its funny that she feeds him from a bottle!

Guinness probably loves cats that are big. I love cats but not huge cats that weigh almost 1,000 pounds. My cats weigh almost 10-15 pounds or 20-30 pounds.