Vulcan the Liger Is Back Home at Jungle Island

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According to Napoleon Dynamite, a liger is a cross between a lion and a tiger, bred for its skills in magic.

At least Napoleon was spot on about the first part. And as far as kitty witchcraft, well, anything is possible.

As it turns out, we have these potentially bewitching big cats right here in Miami. Vulcan, a 900-pound liger, has returned to his tour of duty after a little R&R, according to the folks at Jungle Island.

See also: Jungle Island Debuts Water Park With Obstacles, Diving Cliffs, and Trampolines

Tan and brown-striped and 12-feet long, Vulcan (who's around 12-years-old) is one of the largest cats in the world -- next to his even-bigger bro, Hercules. Hercules, who's currently residing elsewhere, has been recorded twice by the Guinness Book of World Records. The siblings came to Jungle Island together in June 2003.

"Vulcan took several months off to get some much needed R&R," said Jason Chatfield, vice president of zoological operations. "We're thrilled to have Vulcan back as he is a popular attraction at Jungle Island and was greatly missed."

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As far as genetics are concerned, ligers are a hybrid of a male lion and a female tiger. They're the world's largest cat species and have traits from both mom and pop. They're awesome swimmers, sociable animals, and there are only a few of 'em around the globe.

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So Vulcan is a special dude. If you drop by for a visit, maybe he'll grant you a wish.

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13 comments
Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Well, Diana, just cuz God didn't make them, doesn't mean we can't.

Diana Andrew-Lozano
Diana Andrew-Lozano

Ben Brown and Jessika should read Karia's comment above:(..these creatures should not exist.

Lisa-Marie Lee
Lisa-Marie Lee

what does r&r entail..ihope they're not using r & r as a cover story for something else..shipped off to breed..medical issue..smh

Erin Erin
Erin Erin

So why was he traveling in the first place? Poor thing.

Dave Denis
Dave Denis

Pretty much my favorite animal....

Ben Bowen
Ben Bowen

Jessika Kearstin I found our next pet.

Karla Ruiz-Gomez
Karla Ruiz-Gomez

Since lions and tigers do not exist in the same areas, this is not something that happens in the wild. It is done in captivity by disreputable carnies to produce a freak that ignorant people will pay to see. These cats suffer from many birth defects and usually die young. Because ligers are usually larger than either parent, it also puts the tigress at great risk in carrying the young and may require C-section deliveries or kill her in the process. When the public quits paying to see these unfortunate creatures, the evil people responsible for breeding them will stop this inhumane practice.

Lori Warriner
Lori Warriner

Adam Simon, we never got to meet him! Shoot!

Laura Alonso
Laura Alonso

Evan Raymond can we have him at our wedding???

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