A White Lion and White Tiger Gave Birth to the First Ever White Liger Cubs
Science| | By Jason Owen
A lot of people are familiar with the white liger known as Hercules, a giant cat weighing over 900 pounds, is 11-feet tall standing on his hind legs, and is the Guinness World record-holder for largest cat. But many others don’t know that Hercules is also the uncle to four adorable white liger cubs, the first ever of their kind.
At the Myrtle Beach Safari in South Carolina, a male white lion named Ivory mated with a female white tiger named Saraswati. The result was four little bundles of mixed-breed cuteness that are arguably the rarest cats on the planet.
Meet Yeti, Odlin, Sampson, and Apollo, the world’s first-ever white lion-white tiger hybrids. There are currently about 1,000 ligers in the world, but none of them are from “white” lion or tiger parents, the Daily Mail noted.
White lions and white tigers are rare in themselves, which number only 300 and 1,200 in the world, respectively.
According to the animals’ caretakers, at least one of the liger cubs are expected to rival their uncle Hercules’ size. At just six weeks old, the cubs weighed 15 pounds and were gaining a pound per day. Yeti is the largest, with a “big, fat head and paws,” Dr. Bhagavan Antle, who bred the cubs, said. “I am convinced Yeti will make the Guinness Book of Records.”
At two years old, the cubs are nearly 750 pounds and the largest of them should be close to 900 pounds by age 4.
Apollo was the smallest of the litter and the trainers say acts most like a kitten, purring all of the time and always demanding to be pet.
See more of the cute litter of ligers below.