Liger is officially declared as the biggest wild cat (Panther) in the world. Ligers are very large animals. Their weight can easily surpass 1000 pounds. Ligers can gain a length of 12 to 14 feet which makes this animal a huge beast. Ligers are larger than tigers and lions. Both the parents of a liger which are lion as its father and female tiger as its mother are less than half the size of the ligers. Previously tigers specifically the ones from Siberian origin or Amur Tigers were believed to be the biggest cats on the planets. Now it is the ligers turn to become the biggest cats on earth in the book records.http://shaggygod.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=middenorffi&action=display&thread=474
The largest Kodiak bear ever held captive in a British zoo was probably a male called 'Nick' (one of the twins) received at London Zoo direct from N America on 29 January 1954 At the age of one year he scaled 595lb 270kg, and when he died at Whipsnade Zoo in October 1963 he recorded a posthumous weight of 1148lb 521kg. He could reach meat suspended 10ft 3in 12m from the ground.
The closely related Peninsula giant bear (Ursus a. gyas) of the Alaska Peninsula and other parts of the slat.- has also been credited with the title of 'largest living land carnivore’ and there is very little to Choose between these two races of brown bear in terms of actual size.
The Dakota Zoo once had the largest Kodiak bear, named Clyde, in captivity. Clyde passed away in 1987; however, still has a strong presence within the zoo, including a life-size carving of Clyde by local artist Dave Ely. Grizzlies once inhabited North Dakota and were described in the journals of Lewis and Clark. Fully grown, grizzlies can reach weights between 800 and 900 pounds. Clyde lived to the ripe old age of 22 and tipped the scales at 2,136 pounds.
On 28 May 1948 Robert C Reeve of Anchorage-shot an enormous male near Cold Bay which measured 10ft 3-05m note to tail. It's weight was estimated at I600-I700lb 726-771 kg (skin 193-51b 88 kg) and judging from photographic evidence this was not exaggerated. Reeve said the bear had recently cone out of hibernation and carried little or no fat, and lie believed that the animal would have scaled at least 1850lb 839kg at the end of the summer Another out sized male shot by Harold McCracken (1957) near frosty Peak at the western end of the Alaska Peninsula in November 1916 weighed an estimated 1600lb 726kg. The skin of this animal measured 11 ft 4in 3-45m nose to tail and l0ft 6in 3-2m across the outstretched front paws. In June 1909 Dr J Wylie Anderson shot a male on Unimak Island which reportedly weighed 1320lb 599kg, but Rowland Ward (1928) gives the weight of this specimen as 1460lb 662kg and says its skin measured 11ft 3-35m in length.
This concludes Guiness related material on Kodiak bears. There are records dealing with Alaska Peninsula bear, grizzly bear, black bear, Kamchatka brown bear, and Polar bear but as we understand it; there has been revised updates to Guiness BoWR and whether or not there has been significant record changes from the 1983 records is unclear at this time. Visitors (feel free to register) are welcomed to update accordingly. As noted, we know (Guiness has recognized) the late Goliath (below) to be the record holder for largest captive 2000lb bear (U.a.middendorffi).
*I believe that Panthera leo atrox and perhaps a few other prehistoric cats might have reached the weight of the average coastal brown bears ( alpha males ) and this being within the upper limits for the big cats.
*Actually, considering that Hercules, the 1000 pound liger is a spoon-fed captive, he would not be so heavy in the wild where he would have to hunt and kill for every meal. I know that, with only a small handfull of exceptions, most big cat enthusiasts are seeking the truth; just as I am. What was the actual ( natural ) size range of the biggest big cats ever?
I am against the inbreeding of different species to each other ( unnatural breeding ). But, since people are doing it, ligers provide us with a way to better estimate the weights of prehistoric big cats. If we could compare a liger skeleton to that of Panthera leo atrox and other similar sized cats, then we can better understand just how heavy they might have been. So, what would be the normal size range of ligers IF they lived a natural life in the wild?