That's One Big Kitty!

You'd better be nice Hercules or you could have some serious problems. After all, no one should ever mess with the world's largest feline -all 922 pounds of him. The liger that was just added to the Guinness Book of World Records resides at the Myrtle Beach Safari wildlife preserve if you want to go pay your respects.


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Why yes, a liger is the offspring of a lion father and a tiger mother. The reason they grow so huge is that the gene that causes growth to stop at a certain point is sex-dependent, but for different sexes in lions and tigers. I read a detailed explanation that I cannot find right now, but Gene Expression has a pretty good short version.

If the hybrid offspring is from a lion mother and a tiger father, it's called a tigon and does not grow any bigger than its parents. Neither happens in nature, because lions live in Africa and tigers live in Asia.
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