World's biggest cat weighs almost 1,000 pounds
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?
- Posted on September 17, 2013
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