Now that’s a big cat! Apollo the liger weighs 705lbs, ‘eats anything in sight’ and has been compared to a sabre-toothed tiger
- Apollo weighs 705lbs and is housed at Myrtle Beach Safari in South Carolina
- Ligers are the rare hybrid offspring of male lions and female tigers
- They are only bred in captivity and there are less than 1000 in the world
A 705lb liger bred in the U.S has been dubbed the world’s biggest cat.
The five-year-old feline, named Apollo, is the hybrid offspring of a male lion and a female tiger.
Incredible images of animal conservationists Mike Holston and Kody Antle taking Apollo for a walk in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, put into perspective just how huge he is.
Some have compared him to the largest species of prehistoric sabre-toothed tiger, which weighed up to 880lb.
Animal conservationists Mike Holston (left), who has the social media name The Real Tarzann, and Kody Antle pose with Apollo the liger in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Ligers are distinct from Tigons – whose parents are a female lion and a male tiger – in that they typically grow bigger than either parent species.
The rare hybrids first emerged in 19th century India and are only found in captivity, as lions and tigers live separately in the wild. There are thought to be fewer than 1000 in the world.
Even among ligers, Apollo is a rarity. He and his three brothers became the first white ligers in the world when they were born in December 2013 from a white male lion and white female tiger.
At the time, Apollo was the smallest, with his owners saying he behaved more like a house kitten, purring all the time and always demanding to be stroked.
Ligers are the hybrid offspring of a male lion and a female tiger. They are a different to Tigons, whose parents are a female lion and a male tiger
According to Guinness World Records, the record for the the largest living cat belongs to Hercules, an adult male liger also living at Myrtle Beach Safari in South Carolina, who is also Apollo’s uncle.
Hercules weighs more than 900lbs and is 11 feet tall when standing on his hind legs. His daily meat consumption is around 20lb of beef or chicken each day.
In the video, Mike says: ‘The question is, what would this thing eat? I believe it would eat everything in sight, anything in sight.
‘I think a pack of these things would take down a herd of elephants on the regular for a snack.
‘Such a majestic beast, and it can get up to 40 miles an hour in a couple of steps.’
Apollo has drawn admiration from Instagram users, with one commenting: ‘Its “the lion king” from the real world’ and another adding ‘What a beautiful creature’.
However others were less impressed, pointing out that Apollo appeared out of breath from just a short walk around the park.
‘That animal is an abomination… a human made species that was man made just for fun,’ on comment on YouTube reads.
‘That animal can’t even breath normally it won’t be able to survive if let loose in the wild… look at the deformity on its chest all that extra skin on its belly’.
Another person agreed, adding: ‘Please next time inform about the health risks of cross breeding this species such as premature death, diseases and muscle/bone decay.
‘The liger is an amazing animal but the public should know that forcefully breeding animals that wouldnt breed normally leads to a whole bunch of problems, like what is happening with certain dog breeds.’