23 August 2006

Liger - status: true

I got a message with an amazing story about a liger - a half-lion, half-tiger creature that is a result of an accidental cross-breeding between the species.

He looks like something from a prehistoric age or a fantastic creation from Hollywood. But Hercules is very much living flesh and blood - as he proves every time he opens his gigantic mouth to roar. Part lion, part tiger, he is not just a big cat but a huge one,standing 10ft tall on his back legs. Called a liger, in reference to his crossbreed parentage, he is the largest of all the cat species. On a typical day he will devour 20lb of meat, usually beef or chicken, and is capable of eating 100lb at a single setting. At just three years old, Hercules already weighs half a ton.

It appears that the story is not particularly new:

Ligers have been bred in captivity, deliberately and accidentally, since shortly before World War II.

I have checked this story on Snopes, and it appears to be absolutely kosher. Still amazing.

And the second picture is here just to tell you, boys, that I had a serious problem when focusing my eyes on it. Do I need an appointment with an eye specialist or what?