Category: Weird Articles
Published on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 00:00
Now aren't they just the cutest things you have ever laid eyes upon? These tiny, white fluffy balls are the first white ligers (cross between a white lion and a white tiger) and were successfully conceived just six weeks ago. Though it does not seem like it now, they can grow up to be the biggest cats in the world.
The four adorable liger brothers are the first ever to be born from a white male lion and white female tiger, making them one of the world's rarest species of big cats. Apart from white ligers which only comprises of these four cubs, there are only 300 white lions and 1,200 white tigers in the world, which makes their magnificent daddy, Ivory, and their beautiful mummy, Saraswati, extremely rare in their own right too.
Meet the baby ligers: Yeti, Odin, Sampson and Apollo
Meet the parents: Daddy Ivory, a lion, and Mummy Saraswati, a tiger, share a tender moment
The babies were born at Myrtle Beach Safari after the successful pairing of Ivory and Saraswati. There are currrently 1,000 ligers in the world but none of them are white.
The 6-week-old baby boys already weigh 6kg each, and are gaining an average 0.5kg in weight every day. Even at such a tender age, these little roarers have already developed their own different personalities.
Apollo is the smallest of the brothers and his caretakers say that he behaves more like a domesticated kitten; purring all the time and always demanding to be stroked.
Yeti is the biggest and most boisterous, always pushing his brothers aside to be in the center of attention.
The cubs' uncle, Hercules, is officially the world's largest cat, he is featured in the Guinness Book of World Records weighing in at 418kg and measuring 3.3 meters long.
The colossal Hercules poses with his baby nephews
The founder and director of the safari, Dr. Bhagavan Antle, who bred the animals says that he is positive Yeti will reach the size of Hercules – if not larger.
“I am convinced Yeti will make the Guinness Book of Records. He’s so big already – he has such a big, fat head and paws,” he says. “All the cubs grow so quickly, but Yeti is already so much bigger. I skip a day seeing them and it looks like they’ve doubled in size. It’s like someone’s blowing them up with a tyre pump.”
Dr Antle who set up the safari 31 years ago said that people are clamoring to see the four new bundles of joy.
“We’ve had everyone from Congress to people of all walks of life come. They are honestly such an incredibly unique sight,” he proudly states. “They have a beautiful creamy color that I’ve never seen on a cat before.”
The cubs have gorgeous, icy-blue eyes and are expected to reach 3 meters tall by two years old, weighing around 340kg.
By 4 years old, they could weigh over 408kg.
Because ligers are a mix between a lion and a tiger, they have combined characteristics. Ligers tend to enjoy swimming like tigers, and are sociable like lions.