This big guy’s name is Apollo and he is the biggest cat on the planet

The words of the title come from Mike Holston whose social media persona is The Real Tarzan. He uses Apollo to further his celebrity career. Apollo is a liger, a cross between a lion and tiger.

Mike and Apollo. Photo: YouTube screenshot.
Mike and Apollo. Photo: YouTube screenshot.
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These big cat hybrids are often huge. Is this hybrid vigor? But the ones I have seen are invariably flabby. And they look a bit like monsters. They don’t look right to me; exaggerated facial features for example and belly fat. I have to admit that for me their creation by selective breeding is a human self-indulgence.

They should not be brought into the world because the only reason why they are is to entertain people and it is not our place to use animals in this way.

You’ll see Apollo at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He seems to have replaced Hercules who was the former world’s largest cat; another hybrid big cat. Has he died?

Apollo and Mike. Photo: Instagram.
Apollo and Mike. Photo: Instagram.

Mike says Apollo can “get up to 40 miles an hour in a couple of steps”. Bollocks! Sorry but Apollo looks flabby and unfit. I’d doubt he could do 40 mph and if he could it would be for a very short distance. His heart is probably under enormous strain and he might well die prematurely.

They say Apollo is the same size as the extinct sabre-tooth tiger.

Apollo weighs 705 lbs which is 319 kgs. The picture above from Mike’s Instagram account. Ligers are the offspring of a male lion (Panthera leo) and a female tiger (Panthera tigris).

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