This cute little cub is a real miracle: it's the only cub resulted from mating a lion and a tiger - a liger. Her name is Ciara and she's in the zoo of Novosibirsk now.
A liger is pretty much my favorite animal.
Love it !
Kiara is not a liger, but a liliger – 3/4 lion, 1/4 tiger. Btw, her mother later had another litter and these three cubs look more interesting – not so much lion-like, rather like strongly spotted lions with spots forming the pattern of dashed stripes. Big cat hybrids can look differently depending on how the genes arrange themselves – for example most male ligers don’t have a mane like lions do, but some do, such as a liger named Patrick.
I’ve seen a later clip of Kiara – she lives in an enclosure with a slightly younger little lioness, she can be distinguished by the fact that she is larger and more reddish, which shows her tiger heritage.
Btw, later more liligers were bred in the US, so now there are probably 7 liligers in the world and the curious thing is that all of them are female. I wonder if it’s accidental… hybridization doesn’t affect males and females the same way, for example male ligers (and probably all male bybrid mammals with less than 90% genes from one species – this threshold would be crossed after 4 generations of crossing female hybrids with purebred males) are sterile – they can mate, but their testes don’t produce sperm. So perhaps the clear dominance of females in the second generation also has something to do with this phenomenon? However, the same isn’t true for tiligers (tiger father, liger mother) – the same American zoo which has liligers also has tiligers from another ligress and in this case it’s a sister-brother duo…
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