Good Friday afternoon from T.I.G.E.R.S. and Preservation Station in Myrtle Beach. The 2014 Season is just 8 days away!
Some think it's too risky to get close to wild animals, but the handlers at T.I.G.E.R.S. have been with these animals since they were cubs and have developed a special friendship based on love and respect. Dr. Antle and his staff have actually helped the mothers deliver many of the cubs at the Preserve. T.I.G.E.R.S. has a proven method of training these animals: Never treat them as pets, lots of tender loving care, and thousands of hours of one-on-one handling; we even live with the animals 24 hours a day.
So have you ever wondered, What's the largest cat on earth?
HIs name is Hercules, so you know he's got to be big.
At 922 pounds, big is an understatement for the world's largest living cat, according to the 2014 Guinness Book of World Records.
Hercules is a liger — the hybrid offspring of a male lion and a tigress — who lives at T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He is 131 inches long, and measures 49 inches tall at the shoulder.
Born from a lion father and tiger mother, Hercules grew into an impressive creature, able to run at speeds of up to 50 mph and eat 100 pounds of food in one sitting. Ligers have been known to be fat and unhealthy cats, but Hercules is an exceptional specimen that got the best from both feline races.
Despite his gigantic size, Hercules is very tame and Dr. Bhagavan, one of the liger’s caretakers, says looking into his eyes is “like looking into God’s own eyes”.
Go online and visit www.myrtlebeachsafari.com for more information about the Rare Species Fund, T.I.G.E.R.S. & Preservation Station. All proceeds from the tour go to The Rare Species Fund and The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species.