A Siberian Zoo Has One Of The Rarest Animals You'll Ever See: A 'Liliger'

liliger

Photo: Screengrab from ITN News on YouTube

This little cub is Kiara, and she’s an ultra-rare “liliger,” reports The Moscow Times.What exactly is a liliger?

Well, her mother Zita is a liger (the offspring of a male lion and a female tiger), and her father Sam is an African lion.

Kiara was born in August at the Novosibirsk Zoo in Russia, and is currently being nursed by a domestic cat and with a bottle, because her mother stopped producing milk. She’s in quarantine until October.

Hybrid creation is a touchy subject, though. Opponents call the practice irresponsible and potentially dangerous, especially if they’re kept as pets, according to the Huffington Post.

Here’s a video of Kiara for your viewing pleasure:

NOW WATCH: Briefing videos

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.