By now, you have surely heard about ligers. They are some of the most impressive, interesting and big animals in the world. Ligers can easily amaze everyone, as they are cute, intelligent and really friendly, despite their huge dimensions. Everyone can see ligers in zoos and visiting and watching these great animals will surely be a fascinating experience for all individuals. However, there are some facts less known about ligers and they include aspects linked to the history of these great animals. Ligers are without a doubt beautiful, but you have to know that the species has only appeared in the 19th century, in India. The first liger was created in 1798, through the breeding of a lion and a tigress.
Since that moment, many ligers were born in zoos all around the world. So, one of the most important facts about ligers is that they can only be born in captivity. As ligers are actually born to a lion father and a tigress mother, they cannot be formed in the wild, as tigers and lions do not live in the same environments. Starting with 1837, liger cubs where brought to the United Kingdom and in 1935, four ligers were already living in South Africa, within a zoo. One of the most curious facts about the history of this specie is that ligers have become really common in zoos today. Even though there are some safety concerns linked to the way ligers are born, specialists claiming that the baby liger is too large to be carried by a mom tigress, ligers are amazingly popular.
Hercules is one of the most famous ligers known nowadays. And there is no wonder that people from all around the world want to see him, as Hercules is really beautiful. And that is not all. Hercules is considered to be one of the most impressive individual of this specie, as he is the largest liger known, being actually recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. Hercules has been listed as the largest non-obese living cat on Earth. The beautiful liger has 904 lb.