The Cuties of Today

The Cuties of Today

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.

The Cuties of Today

It sooner resembles a lion cub, her father is an African lion while her mom is also a liger.

The Cuties of Today

The Cuties of Today

Ciara is unusual not only because of her pedigree but also because of the fact that it’s an ordinary cat that replaced her real mom.

The Cuties of Today

Her biological mother refused to feed her cause she didn’t have enough milk.

The Cuties of Today

She is fed from a bottle and the cat is always near to play with her and clean her.

The Cuties of Today

The Cuties of Today

A bear cub was born in the zoo of Simferopol, Ukraine. And we decided to show you some shots of this baby as well. The baby’s name is Cleopatra, but she is shortly called Clyopa.

The Cuties of Today

The Cuties of Today

The Cuties of Today

The Cuties of Today

The Cuties of Today

It’s an “educational” moment…

The Cuties of Today

The Cuties of Today

The Cuties of Today

The Cuties of Today

In fact mom is just playing with the cub.

The Cuties of Today

Let Ciara and Cleopatra grow and be healthy and strong.

via pravda.ru and my-mriya

3 thoughts on “The Cuties of Today”

  1. 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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