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Subj:.....1,000 lbs Liger (S579c)
          From: ginafm on 2/22/2008

On a typical day he will devour 200 lb of meat, usually beef or 
chicken, and is capable of eating 100 lb at a single setting. At just 
three years old, Hercules already weighs half a ton. 

He is the unintentional result of two enormous big cats living close 
together at the Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species, in 
Miami, Florida, and already dwarfs both his parents. 

"Ligers are not something we planned on having," said institute owner Dr Bhagavan Antle.  "We have lions and tigers living together in large enclosures and at first we had no idea how well one of the lion boys was getting along with a tiger girl, then lo and behold we had a liger."  These two cats don't normally have the opportunity to breed 
in the wild, as most lions live in Africa and most tigers in Asia. 

50mph runner... Not only that, but he likes to swim, a feat unheard of 
among water-fearing lions.  In the wild it is virtually impossible for lions and tigers to mate.  Not only are they enemies, but likely to kill one another.
 
But incredible though he is, 
Hercules is not unique.  Ligers
have been bred in captivity,
deliberately and accidentally,
since shortly before World War II.
 
 

 
Today there are believed to
be a handful of ligers around
the world and a similar number
of tigons, the product of a
tiger father and lion mother. Tigons are smaller than ligers
and take on more physical characteristics of the tiger.

Look at the size  of the  head on  this  thing.. 


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Check out the fangs -
like   pre-historic days 
For you animal lovers...
and  even those who  aren't. 
This  is pretty  cool. 
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