The tiger is the largest big cat species in the world. More specifically the Siberian tiger, but together with the Caspian tiger and Bengal tiger subspecies they represent the largest living cats and rank among the biggest cats that have ever existed! So you would think that the question of '...what is the biggest tiger in the world...' has fully answered, but you would be wrong. Why? Because a rare hybrid can produced between a male lion (Panthera leo) and a tigress (Panthera tigris) and this lion/tiger progeny can grow to gigantic proportions!

The world's biggest cat

Hercules is a 900-pound-heavy, 6-feet-tall and 12-feet-long 'lige'r who holds the Guinness World Record for being the world's largest cat.

Born from a lion father and tiger mother, Hercules has grown into an impressive creature, able to run at speeds of up to 50 mph and can eat 100 pounds of food in one sitting! Ligers are generally known to be rather fat and unhealthy cats, but Hercules is an exceptional specimen that has received the best genes from both feline species.

During a photo-shoot, Hercules’ handlers wanted to show his enormous size so they modelled him against some popular English symbols, like an old double-decker bus or a black cab. He is so large that he was actually able to climb the bus to receive a treat!

Despite his gigantic size, Hercules is very tame and Dr. Bhagavan, one of the liger’s handlers, says that looking into his eyes is “like looking into God’s own eyes”.

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