These above records provide
an idea of the real size of these giants. There are other sources that quote a
height of 366 cm standing in the hind legs, but this is an unreliable form to
measure a cat, and there are no records of wild-captive tiger-lions for
The first two records were
actually measured but they weights were just estimated. The first record show a specimen no larger
than a wild Amur-Bengal tiger, however at 1897, a cat of that size in captivity
was practically a miracle, as all the cats suffered of bad care in those
Menageries. The second case is a
double hybrid and presents the largest body size of ANY great cat in modern
history. With a total length of 350 cm (straight line) and a shoulder height of
132 cm, this cat was of the same size than the largest Ngandong tiger (Panthera tigris soloensis) and Panthera atrox on record!!! Look his
image and you will know how large these two Pleistocene cats were.
The third record shows
three specimens that are presented in Wikipedia with NO source. The first (340
kg) and the third (410 kg) specimens presents plausible weights and don’t surpass
the actual record weight of Hercules (418.2 kg).
Finally, the liger of
AROUND 550 kg is clearly and estimation and an exaggeration. Sadly, webpages
like “Ligerworld.com” not only promote the breeding of these hybrids but also
propagate the myth of the existence of huge unreliable sizes, check this out:
a. Their weight can easily
surpass 1000 pounds. Ligers can gain a length of 12 to 14 feet which makes this
animal a huge beast.
Question: where is the confirmation or the specimens
measured??? Were they sources are for this claim???
b. A liger in the 19th
century was believed to be more than 1700 pounds. But this statement cannot be confirmed. However, a liger in
Wisconsin had a weight of 1600 pounds. This weight is confirmed and
ligerworld.com has confirmed it from authenticated sources as well.
Question: Did the keepers actually weigh
this liger or it was just estimation? Why Guinness doesn’t recognize this
figure??? Confirmed by a page that creat a myth about healthy ligers that that
state that ligers are “ambassadors” of conservation, well, that is the WORST
source that we can found.
c. One report suggests a
liger of 1200 pounds, while another report suggests that in Wisconsin, there
was a liger which weighed more than 1600 pounds.
Question: Where are those reports???
A liger of 725.7 kg??? Only in them wild and sick dreams. Why no one, even
Guinness, don’t knew about this cat??? Why only now than that liger is dead,
they present this weight that can’t be confirmed anymore???
present a pretty list of liger weights, however they forget to say that ALL of
them are just estimations (most of them very gross), sadly some people, even a
few dear cat-fans in the AVA forum choose to believe this silly estimations
that are not based in any facts.
The famous liger Hobbs was estimated
at about 900 lb (408 kg), and some people even dare to estimate him at 1000 lb
(453.6 kg) but he seems no near as large and heavy as Hercules (418.2 kg).
With a tigress, he doesn’t look excessively large:
Check this page about
It is obvious that this
pages like Ligerworld.com and some others fan-pages contribute to hence the
myth of huge cats over 500 kg in captivity, besides, they promote the breeding
of ligers like if they had some conservation value, with excuses like that they
are “ambassadors” of the conservation or that they attract people that “donate”
money for the “conservation” of tigers and lion in the wild.
The evidence suggests that
the male liger measure between 300-333 cm in total length in straight line and
can reach a height of up to 130 cm. The weight is issue is a difficult business,
but at this time, the heaviest Liger actually weighed in all history reached
about 420 kg.
All those claims of heavier and longer ligers most be treated
like gross exaggerations, like the existences of white sharks of over 10 m in length
or modern eagles of 5 m in wingspan.