Ligers? Hybrid Cats Are Popular, Controversial Pet

Descendants of lions, tigers and cheetahs, this new breed of house cat can still be wild.
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Dear he's in new obsession clawing its way into American -- exotic cats. Drug designer breeds like the toy Teddy -- result of an increasingly popular with pet owners across the country. This is Oracle's wildcats. Suited -- -- and alliance and Savannah -- A hybrid of the circle to host. They're proud owners displayed at all pretty -- But whose exotic cats and controversial. And some say -- aggressive ones and killed. -- they can grow two to three times larger than analysts and cringing -- a pretty good sign of how closely related circles are to their beat Chang Constance. And I just want to ask everybody to try and stay three feet away from -- Carol basket is the founder of big cat rescue in Tampa Florida. He's actually got -- get this guy Kelly's part bobcat we think that the other parties may be careful. It's a sanctuary for can't speak and small. Those abandoned or abused or retired from -- And after a few minutes here. Begin to understand why these circles might have been -- -- -- thirty pounds of pure why -- How bad it easy temperament and -- it's a cat that could take down a -- that the Catholic could take down your child your pets her neighbor's pets and children. And they separate bucket loads of year and all over every springer and yes great -- -- They -- here in the eat your children doesn't word spread that these -- probably the best animals have in your house pets people want to have something different. They want to have the -- against the baddest than most exotic. Than ever that crunch. He stressed -- treats more than a thousand pounds of pressure per square rich compare that to a human which jumps down -- about a hundred pounds per square inch. Three feet right. Yes. This senior animal keeper Gail India -- bucket he struggles delicacy and roll -- in chicken -- -- catch are they anymore dangerous than the other animals you have here their. All equally dangerous some. On the more on the hillside then in your -- so some are more dangerous in the killed in the -- side Fuller planes and you are remaining to killing personally. -- think our novel it I don't have to worry about that now it's my turn. Beat Canucks. Beat -- And -- cost. If you want to turn you going to come to me. Too -- hybrid gets designed to display eight tigers distinct stripes. Cute little package and -- -- into it. And this is his favorite spot that some of the cat -- opens -- designs here in DC California fix as much as a car. So this is a little girl won't infect these cats like this are so popular there are waiting lists to get -- Sometimes dozens of people -- Lasting months or so from a one munition too well what Diane. I don't -- -- in Chicago to have your kidneys -- toy here right now was -- expects seven sets of customers. Re available leaguer to hit the market still hot. The seller can afford to be -- We can afford to look at every last person will only bring -- -- podcast and here you can see right now. Among the cats most invoked these days -- -- Savannah and osprey and historical like -- And he regularly helps add garlic package that is will -- and a half times larger than any regular -- Eight states have -- -- -- while others require permits just. Last month -- 25 pounds of that it -- found roaming the streets of Detroit kept residents -- on Mitch. It even made headlines in the Detroit Free Press. Let's look at that they got there was an as the words. Hot off of that thing walk right he had a good look at it. Sandy just four days later the paper reported the search for this event it was over he was found shot dead and thrown in the garbage -- Carol Baskin started out breeding exotic big chance -- soon enough once that was kittens turned into wildcats. Rumors started returning -- and the breeder eventually opened her sanctuary. To meet one of the biggest problems isn't. What happens to that family but what happens to that cat -- -- person went to get rid of the animal. If they take into the shelter the shelter knows this -- -- we'll never find it at home port its liabilities that they have to euthanize. And Silva to -- the lions are okay again. It's only because they had been raised together they -- Purposefully bread and put together to create like -- a -- yet. There's that to the king of the cross streets we thought we'd have to travel deep into an exotic jungle to find one. We found this one right here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina going to be. You're ready you must be one hungry -- Who have good -- -- -- the. Fitting name for a kid whose father is a lion -- and Brothers beat tiger with a leg of Hercules trader -- -- points out. He's got -- stripes and spots of young lions. But doesn't have a -- At 922. Pounds he's just been named the world's largest living cat by the Guinness book of records. These -- happen naturally says doc doesn't use artificial insemination. But they almost never happened in the wild even self -- defends his creation from those who think. This might not fit the natural order of things hybrids have a place in present -- they're real place is awe and wonder. Which I hope leads to an interest in the natural world and those who -- up these hybrids consider their creations perfect. I'm Matt Gutman for Nightline in Tampa.

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