What’s thought to be the world’s first liliger, a hybrid of a lion and a liger, has been born at a zoo in Russia’s Siberia. Little Kiara’s dad is a lion and her mother is a liger.

Sunday, September 16, 2012 » 02:19pm


What do you get when you keep lions and tigers in the same enclosure?


The Novosibirsk Zoo in Siberia says a ‘liliger’ was born at the zoo in August.


Reuters reports lions and tigers are kept in the same enclosure at the zoo and as a result a female liger, called Zita, was born.


Now Zita has produced a cub from a lion that is kept in the same enclosure – the offspring known as a ‘liliger’.


Zoo keepers believe it is the only animal hybrid of its kind in the world.


The female cub has been named Kiara and will be available for viewing by the public as early as October.


‘This cub has just started growing and develop, her character has not even formed yet. But I’m confident she will be a calm, confident, strong animal,’ the head of the zoo’s cat section Roza Solovyova told Reuters.