Meet Yeti, Odlin, Sampson, and Apolo, four of the world’s most elusive big cats!
These cute brothers are ligers, which are lion-tiger hybrids. Ligers are a very rare species. Only about 1,000 of them exist in the wild, and the majority of them are kept in captivity.
Yeti, Odlin, Sampson, and Apolo are even more uncommon than the rest of the ligers. They’re thought to be the world’s first white ligers!
Ivory, a white lion, and Saraswati, a white tiger, are the brothers’ parents. White lions and tigers are nearly as rare as ligers, with only 1,200 white tigers and 300 white lions worldwide.
The T.I.G.E.R. Sanctuary in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is home to Ivory, Saraswati, and their cubs.
Ligers have previously been successfully bred at this sanctuary. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Hercules, one of their ligers, is the world’s largest cat. Despite his size, Hercules is a sweetheart who enjoys playing with his handlers and new nephews.
“I go a day without seeing them, and they appear to have doubled in size.” It’s as if they’re being pumped up with a tire pump.”
Like tigers, the liger cubs enjoy swimming and are sociable like lions. They have their own distinct personality traits as well. Apollo is the tiniest of the four, and he acts the most like a domestic cat. The small animal enjoys cuddling up to his handlers and being petted.
Yeti is the loudest of the four, and he craves to be the center of attention at all times. He’s also the largest of the four cats, according to Dr. Antle, possibly even bigger than his uncle Hercules.
Dr. Antle estimates that by the time they’re two years old, all four cats will be at least 10 feet tall and weigh around 750 pounds. It’s difficult to imagine these tiny creatures growing to be so large!
These four liger cubs are absolutely unique. Watch the adorable cats in action in the video below!