Summary of the eRumor the eRumor talks about an
unusual and huge cat called a Liger, said to be the result of the
mating of a lion and a tiger.
It includes pictures.
The pictures and the story are true.
As mentioned in the article, the pictures are from the folks at
T.I.G.E.R, The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species in
The text of the article is from a story in the London Daily Mail on
Here for their website for more information and pictures.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
ANIMAL....!! The 10ft Liger who's still growing...
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.
is the accidental result of two enormous big cats living close
together at the Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species, in
Miami, Florida, and already dwarfs both his parents.
are not something we planned on having," said institute owner
Dr Bhagavan Antle. "We have lions and tigers living together in
large enclosures and at first we had no idea how well one of
the lion boys was getting along with a tiger girl, then lo and
behold we had a liger."
runner... Not only that, but he likes to swim, a feat unheard of
among water-fearing lions. In the wild it is virtually impossible
for lions and tigers to mate. Not only are they enemies likely to
kill one another, but most lions are in Africa and most tigers in
Asia. But incredible though he is, Hercules is not unique. Ligers
have been bred in captivity, deliberately and accidentally, since
shortly before World War II.
there are believed to be a handful of ligers around the world and a
similar number of tigons, the product of a tiger father and lion
mother. Tigons are smaller than ligers and take on more physical
characteristics of the tiger.