What do unicorns, dragons, and three-headed lions all have in common? Well, outside of our imagination and Game of Thrones, these mythical creatures don’t actually exist. However, every once in a while, a little bit of magic pours out and we’re given a rare treat.
Are you ready to see four of the cutest and rarest cubs to ever exist?! Then stick around and you’ll be blown away by just how extraordinary this new breed is.
18. Ivory and Saraswati
Housed at the T.I.G.E.R.S. Sanctuary in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, are two of the rarest breeds of lions and tigers. White African lion, Ivory, and Saraswati, a snow-white Bengal tiger, are two gorgeous species that barely exist anymore. In fact, there are only 300 white lions and 1,200 white tigers left in the world.
So when these two decided to mate it was an astonishing moment that brought forth some of the cutest & most unique cubs that will EVER exist!
17. To Breed Or Not To Breed
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Dr. Bhagavan Antle, founder of the animal sanctuary and an expert on white lions and tigers, recently acquired both Ivory and Saraswati. He brought the two together and allowed them to mate. The end result was a successful mixing of just the right breeds.
A breed so incredibly rare was produced that scientists even have their own unique name for them. Are you ready to witness the cuteness?
16. Meet The Cubs
Meet Yeti, Odlin, Sampson, and Apollo, the result of a lion-tiger hybrid. These fluffy ***** of cuteness are the offspring of Ivory and Saraswati, making them the most extraordinary breed ever known. The cubs are ligers, a breed that rarely ever occur naturally outside of captivity.
These liger cubs are the first white ligers to ever be born and that’s not the only thing that makes them incredibly unique. Interested in learning more about this unique family of cats?
15. Rarest Ligers Ever
What makes these four liger brothers so unique is that the chances of getting a white lion and white tiger to breed are almost impossible. Many have tried but none have been successful until Doc Antle. White ligers have never existed before and they may never exist again. However, now we have four of these cute cubs to admire and they’ve already begun to show signs of unique personalities.
The cubs are far from predictable and you won’t believe just how funny and distinct they are from one another. In fact, you won’t believe the demands baby cub Apollo makes!
14. The Typical Liger Personality
Ligers in general are very sociable and love to engage in activities. The liger personality is a combination of the social nature of lions and the active nature of tigers. You can find ligers playing with one another and taking a dip in the water, as swimming is one of their favorite interests.
You won’t believe just how quickly the cubs happen to increase in size. You’ll be in absolute awe over their size and unique personalities.
13. Apollo’s Adorable Personality
At six weeks old, the cubs weigh in at 15lbs and continue to gain a pound every day. The cubs are highly interactive and have continued to grow as individuals. Apollo, the smallest of the cubs, is quite particular and loves to be stroked, cuddled, and is always purring. He seems to behave just like a regular house cat would!
But what about the others? Doc Antle seems to have high hopes that Yeti will break a world record. Find out how!
12. Yeti’s Record-breaking Size
Yeti happens to be the biggest out of all of the cubs with a lively personality to fit. Yeti is constantly pushing his brothers out of the way as he competes to be the center of attention. Doc Antle is almost sure that Yeti will be featured in the Guinness Book of World Records.
In fact, Yeti’s only real competition is another enormous liger than happens to be related to him. You’ll be astonished at the size of this record holding liger in the next photo!
Coming in at 922 lbs and 131 inches long is liger, Hercules. Hercules happens to be the uncle of Yeti and is featured in the Guinness Book of World Records. Doc Antle, who bred Hercules, is almost certain that Yeti will reach the same size of Hercules if not all together surpassing him.
If you don’t believe us, check out what Antle was quoted saying about the cubs and Yeti in particular.
10. Antle’s Thoughts
“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. All the cubs grow so quickly, but Yeti is already so much bigger,” Antle stated. At two years old the cubs could reach 10 feet in length and weigh around 750 lbs – talk about some huge toddlers! By age 4, the cubs could be expected to weigh over 900 lbs.
But is this weight gain and size typical for most other ligers outside of these cubs? You’d be surprised by the answer.
9. The Typical Liger
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Hercules, the cub’s uncle, is a great example of the size a typical liger will reach in their lifespan. Just take a look at how massive Hercules is when sat down next to his handler. The size difference is almost unbelievable.
You might expect that such a huge liger would be vicious and scary, but the truth couldn’t be more different.
8. Lovable Liger
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The truth of the matter is that Hercules is just a big and lovable liger. Just look at him taking sips from a baby bottle. However, don’t let the sweet disposition fool you as Hercules definitely enjoys a healthy meal of 30 pounds of meat in a single sitting. As a healthy liger living in captivity, Hercules has allowed animal experts to study the life and health of a liger in order to better understand the breed.
So what is the future of the liger breed?
7. The Future of the Liger
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As a hybrid breed, the unfortunate news is that all male ligers are sterile and cannot reproduce. This means that Hercules and the four new cubs are unable to create any more fluffy cuteness. However, there isn’t bad news all around for the future of the liger breed and you’ll see why in the next slide.
6. Female Ligers
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Female ligers are able to reproduce which spells some hope for the future of the breed. However, many of the ligers that have been produced thus far at the animal sanctuary have been males. With the rarity of the ligers recognized, Doc Antle has noted that the ligers have garnered an intriguing fan base, including some prominent figures in today’s world.
Wondering who has been heading out to Myrtle Beach to check out the cute cubs? We’ll reveal the answer in the next slide.
5. Visitors From Around The World
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Dr Antle has noted that the cubs have generated tons of interest from people from all around the world.
“People are getting on planes to fly in to see them. We’ve had everyone from Congress to people of all walks of life come. They are honestly such an incredibly unique sight. They have a beautiful creamy color that I’ve never seen on a cat before.”
Who could blame them? Take a look at some of these recent shots of the cubs.
4. Unique Coats
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Unlike their uncle, Hercules, the cubs happen to have a unique spotted coat that isn’t completely white like their parents. This uniqueness in color is another factor that makes the cubs stand out even more in the animal kingdom.
Take a look at the next photo for some cute playtime action amongst the cubs.
Just look at these cuties play with one another. It’s almost impossible to believe that these little baby cubs could grow up to be so massive in size in just two years time. In the meantime, the white ligers are just enjoying their playtime as they frolic around with each other.
Are you interested in learning more about the ligers and the sanctuary’s work? Continue reading for more.
2. The Sanctuary
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The T.I.G.E.R.S. sanctuary founded by Dr Antle 31 years ago is home to these cubs, their uncle Hercules and a wide variety of large cats and animals. You can see the cubs for yourself and admire some of the other work that Dr Antle has done with tons of big cats. The beauty of the animals featured in the sanctuary will blow you away.
Need some help convincing other pals about taking the trip out to Myrtle Beach? Take this next piece of advice.
1. Showing off the Cubs
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Be sure to share this article with all of your pals so the cubs can amaze them too! You may even inspire your friends to take a trip out to Myrtle Beach so you can revel in the amazement in person!