World’s First Liliger Born in Russia

This news is a bit dated, but certainly worth checking out. If you saw Napoleon Dynamite, then you know that a liger is a hybrid cross between a male lion and a female tiger. Ligers are actually relatively common, and when the territories of lions and tigers historically overlapped, ligers were probably found. A liliger, however, takes the hybridization one step further – it’s the offspring of a hybrid female liger and a male lion. Pictured above is the world’s first liliger, Kiara, who was born in August in Russia’s Novosibirsk Zoo. What she lacks in genealogical cleanliness, she more than makes up for in cuteness. 

If your appetite for the incredible isn’t whetted by the simple arrival of a liliger, then keep paying attention. Kiara’s mother, the liger, couldn’t produce enough milk to sustain her – possibly as a result of her hybrid genes. Therefore, Kiara is being raised by Dasha, an ordinary house cat.

I wonder what the people against gay marriage would think about this double-hybrid interspecies adoptive single-mother family. I think maybe we just won’t tell them.

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