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THERE'S a monster on the loose - and I'm not lion!

By The Sun Co.UK: 27 Jan 2010

At first glance it looks like the monster beast is prowling around the streets of London.

Liger in London

But even though Hercules the liger appears to be taking in the sights of the capital - he's really sunning it up in the Freestyle Music Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Liger in LondonThe colossal animal - a mix between a lion and a tiger - was snapped with handler Ragani Ferrante running around a mocked-up model of London, made to celebrate the Brit music invasion of 60s America.

And in a graphic display of his incredible size and strength, Hercules shows how he can grab his lunch off the top of a DOUBLE-DECKER bus.

The hefty mammal then tucked into some of the 25 POUNDS of meat he needs to eat each day.

LigerDr Bhagavan "Doc" Antle, the founder of The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S) in South Carolina, said: "Hercules is a prime example of hybrid vigour, which he gets from his lion father and his tigress mother."

Dr Antle, who has brought up eight-year-old Hercules from birth, added: "As a mixture of the world's largest two big cats, Hercules is an impressive specimen and a pretty well balanced and relaxed guy too."

Standing four-and-a-half-feet high at the shoulder and almost six feet tall at the tips of his ears, Hercules has a page devoted to him in the Guinness Book of World Records.


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