Rare Liliger Cubs Born At Russian Zoo


You’ve probably heard of ligers, a lion-tiger hybrid, but I bet you  haven’t heard of a liliger. A liliger is a big cat whose father is a lion and mother is a liger. Novosibirsk zoo in Russia is home to three adorable liliger cubs.

The first liliger cub was born at the zoo last year. Now the zoo is home to three more, born last month, all female. Their mother is a liger, Zita, who was born at the zoo in 2004. Their father is Sam, an African lion,

In this Tuesday, June 18, 2013 photo Zita, a liger, half-lioness, half-tiger, licks her one month old liliger cub in the Novosibirsk Zoo. The cub's father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

In this Tuesday, June 18, 2013 photo Zita, a liger, half-lioness, half-tiger, licks her one month old liliger cub in the Novosibirsk Zoo. The cub’s father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

In this Tuesday, June 18, 2013 photo Zita, a liger, half-lioness, half-tiger, carries her one month old liliger cub in the Novosibirsk Zoo. The cub's father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

In this Tuesday, June 18, 2013 photo Zita, a liger, half-lioness, half-tiger, carries her one month old liliger cub in the Novosibirsk Zoo. The cub’s father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

In this Tuesday, June 18, 2013 photo, a month-old liliger cub walks in Novosibirsk Zoo. The cub's mother is Zita, a liger - half-lioness, half-tiger, and its father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

In this Tuesday, June 18, 2013 photo, a month-old liliger cub walks in Novosibirsk Zoo. The cub’s mother is Zita, a liger – half-lioness, half-tiger, and its father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

In this Tuesday, June18, 2013 photo, a month-old liliger cub walks in Novosibirsk Zoo. The cub's mother is Zita, a liger - half-lioness, half-tiger, and father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

In this Tuesday, June18, 2013 photo, a month-old liliger cub walks in Novosibirsk Zoo. The cub’s mother is Zita, a liger – half-lioness, half-tiger, and father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

In this Tuesday, June 18, 2013 photo, a month-old liliger cubs walk in Novosibirsk Zoo. The cubs' mother is Zita, a liger - half-lioness, half-tiger, and their father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

In this Tuesday, June 18, 2013 photo, a month-old liliger cubs walk in Novosibirsk Zoo. The cubs’ mother is Zita, a liger – half-lioness, half-tiger, and their father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

In this Tuesday, June 18, 2013 photo Zita, a liger, half-lioness, half-tiger stands with her one month old liliger cub in the Novosibirsk Zoo. The cub's father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

In this Tuesday, June 18, 2013 photo Zita, a liger, half-lioness, half-tiger stands with her one month old liliger cub in the Novosibirsk Zoo. The cub’s father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

In this Tuesday, June 18, 2013 photo Zita, a liger - half-lioness, half-tiger - watches her one month old liliger cub in the Novosibirsk Zoo. The cub's father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

In this Tuesday, June 18, 2013 photo Zita, a liger – half-lioness, half-tiger – watches her one month old liliger cub in the Novosibirsk Zoo. The cub’s father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

In this Tuesday, June18, 2013 photo a lion Sam walks in Novosibirsk Zoo. Zita, a liger, half-lioness, half-tiger, and the lion, Sam are a pair, which gave birth to liliger cubs. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

In this Tuesday, June18, 2013 photo a lion Sam walks in Novosibirsk Zoo. Zita, a liger, half-lioness, half-tiger, and the lion, Sam are a pair, which gave birth to liliger cubs. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

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9 Responses to Rare Liliger Cubs Born At Russian Zoo

  1. seeker says:

    Wow, I wonder what an adult would look like?

  2. they must be so cute to see in person

  3. whiteLiger says:

    I wonder if these new type hybrids could dwarf a Massive Liger, or if they will be smaller?

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