Columbia: With a name like Hercules, you know he’s got to be big. But 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 the Myrtle Beach Safari wildlife preserve in South Carolina. He is 131 inches long, and measures 49 inches tall at the shoulder.Ligers, which do not exist in the wild, can grow to twice the size of their parents and weigh about a hundred times more than the average house cat.
The safari, also known as TIGERS –- The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species –- where tours are given by reservation, is owned by Bhagavan “Doc” Antle, who also founded the Rare Species Fund in 1982, to help endangered wildlife around the world such as elephants, rhinos, orangutans and other big cats.