I’ve already gone and confessed my love for oversized beasts. But I had no idea that Napoleon’s favorite animal, the LIGER (”bred for its skills in magic”) was one such critter.
With all respect to Mssr. Dynamite, ligers are quite a bit more substantial than the anemic-looking fellow in a wig that he sketched:
Ligers are giants, about 40% larger than either a lion or a tiger. They don’t exist in the wild — mostly because of geography, but also because it doesn’t behoove either species genetically to make a hybrid. Only we mad scientist humans make ‘em.
Here’s Hercules, a liger who earns his name. 10 feet long, 900 pounds, eats 20 lbs. of meat each day — nearly as much as me. And God help us all, he’s still growing. This isn’t photoshopped:
So if you’ve been wondering about Christmas gifts for me, I’ve just given you a hint. (Hint about the hint: it involves getting me a liger.)