Hello from T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach! Please enjoy this post by Dan Defreest:
When you hear the name Hercules, what comes to mind?
If you’re old enough, you probably remember the television show from the 1990s starring Kevin Sorbo, and if you’re really old, you might remember the movie phenomenon from the 1950’s that featured former Mr. American Steve Reeves.
Both the television show and the movie were based on Hercules from Greek mythology. Hercules was the son of Zeus and probably the greatest of the Greek heroes. Hercules was endowed with great physical strength, as an infant he is said to have strangled two serpents in his crib. As an adult he displayed many feats of superhuman strength.
Today, there is another Hercules, but he’s not human, he’s a liger. A liger is the species of big cat that comes from cross-breeding a male lion with a female tiger.
Hercules is documented by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest living cat. He measures over 4 feet tall from the ground to his shoulder, is 131 inches long and weighs 922 pounds.
There’s no evidence that ligers appear naturally in the wild, although breading of them dates back to the early 19th century. Ligers usually have a faint tiger pattern against a tan background, though coloration can vary. The lifespan of ligers in captivity as about the same as other big cats, usually between about 15 – 17 years on average with one liger named Shasta living for 24 years and passing away in 1972.
Hercules is a magnificent liger living at T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach South Carolina, come and see him for yourself, you can see him, take his picture and have a picture taken with him also. – By Dan Defreest