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World's first "liliger" born in Siberian zoo
ABC News ^

Posted on 09/18/2012 12:39:30 PM PDT by djf

Lions and tigers, oh my. But now a new animal can be added to the mix.

Meet baby cub, Kiara, thought to be the world’s first liliger.

The cute kitty, whose mom, Zita, is a liger (lion crossed with a tiger) and dad, Sam, is an African lion, was born in August at the Novosibirsk Zoo in Siberia.

To add to the confusion, Kiara is reportedly being raised by the zoo’s ordinary domestic cat since her liger mother wasn’t able to provide enough milk to feed the hungry, growing baby cub.

Kiara is being kept in quarantine right now, but visitors should be able to see her fuzzy face as soon as October.

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


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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: kittyping
We have all heard about "ligers", a cross between a lion and a tiger.

Most often infertile.

Not always!

1 posted on 09/18/2012 12:39:34 PM PDT by djf
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To: djf

Impressive claws!


2 posted on 09/18/2012 12:42:52 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Eat Mor Chikin!)
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To: djf

Does it have magical properties?


3 posted on 09/18/2012 12:45:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: djf
One interesting thing is the difference between a “liger” (male lion and female tiger) and a “tigon” (male tiger and female lion).

I know of a “tigon” being successfully bred with a tiger - leading to a “ti-tigon” (75% tiger, 25% lion).

The reason why such cross species hybrids can have fertility problems is that when reproductive cells are produced the paternal chromosomes match up with the maternal chromosomes to ‘reshuffle’ the DNA - that can be hard when they chromosomes don't match up because the mother and father are different species.

4 posted on 09/18/2012 12:45:53 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: djf

ABC needs to do some fact checking
in 1943, a hybrid between a lion and a tiger was mated with a lion at the Munich Hellabrunn Zoo.

/remembered reading about this the first time i heard of a liger.
//citation slashies- Guggisberg, C. A. W. “Wild Cats of the World.” (1975)


5 posted on 09/18/2012 12:46:22 PM PDT by HenryArmitage (it was not meant that we should voyage far.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Kitty ping.


6 posted on 09/18/2012 12:48:57 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Squawk 8888; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; ...
Video at source.


7 posted on 09/18/2012 12:50:48 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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8 posted on 09/18/2012 12:55:32 PM PDT by KC_Lion ( Wherever I find myself standing, I forever stand with Israel.)
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To: djf

wow...look at those claws!


9 posted on 09/18/2012 1:06:17 PM PDT by pgkdan (A vote for anyone but Romney is a vote for obama. GO MITT!!)
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To: KC_Lion

It’s my favorite animal.


10 posted on 09/18/2012 1:07:52 PM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: Carpe Cerevisi

Correction...it’s pretty much my favorite animal.


11 posted on 09/18/2012 1:08:52 PM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: Slings and Arrows
Does Putin *have* one yet?


12 posted on 09/18/2012 1:18:48 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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Wait a few years, and we'll have the ligerbear: half lion, half tiger, half bear, oh my!

Serial.

13 posted on 09/18/2012 1:30:40 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: djf; Slings and Arrows
More video and additional details available here:

World’s first Liliger is born ... and adopted by a moggy

Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4544877/Worlds-first-Liliger-is-born-and-adopted-by-a-cat.html#ixzz26r2tNFTE

 Dasha the cat with Kiara, the world's first Liliger

Paw-fect mum ... Dasha the moggy has adopted Kiara, the world's first Liliger

 

WARNING! EXTREME CUTENESS ALERT!!  ;-)

14 posted on 09/18/2012 1:32:39 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: djf

They never check facts.


15 posted on 09/18/2012 1:33:50 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Stoat

Awwwwwww! Too cute!


16 posted on 09/18/2012 1:35:09 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: djf

LIGER


17 posted on 09/18/2012 1:36:12 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Daffynition

He will when he needs a photo-op.


18 posted on 09/18/2012 1:37:42 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

We already have the ManBearPig. If Gore hasn’t killed it yet.


19 posted on 09/18/2012 1:44:33 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: KC_Lion
Does a chicken have talons?
20 posted on 09/18/2012 1:56:06 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Hardraade

21 posted on 09/18/2012 1:59:24 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: djf

No doubt that’s the cutest thing that will ever rip your liver out and eat it for supper.


22 posted on 09/18/2012 2:09:20 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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Does a chicken have talons?

No, but last week, Japanese scientists explaced... placed explosive detonators at the bottom of Lake Loch Ness to blow Nessie out of the water.

23 posted on 09/18/2012 2:16:56 PM PDT by KC_Lion ( Wherever I find myself standing, I forever stand with Israel.)
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To: KC_Lion

Good one, I knew someone would do it.


24 posted on 09/18/2012 2:19:30 PM PDT by Deb (If you wanna laugh everyday, follow Deepak Chopra on Twitter)
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To: cripplecreek

No magical powers, but some sweet dance moves.


25 posted on 09/18/2012 2:23:32 PM PDT by Deb (If you wanna laugh everyday, follow Deepak Chopra on Twitter)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ah, there is nothing sharper than kitten claws and teeth. What a gorgeous liliger.


26 posted on 09/18/2012 2:24:52 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Lol!

That’s what I tell the cat zombies.

If your cat was twice as big as it is now, and you were only half as tall as you are, you wouldn’t be “the owner”.

You’d be “the lunch”!


27 posted on 09/18/2012 2:28:46 PM PDT by djf (Political Science: Conservatives = govern-ment. Liberals = givin-me-it.)
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To: JoeProBono

That domestic house cat will not be able to feed that kitty much longer if she gets to the size of the one in your picture.

She sure is cute, however. Overload on adorableness.


28 posted on 09/18/2012 3:09:24 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Joe Biden is reported to be seeking asylum in a foreign country so he does not have to debate Ryan.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

29 posted on 09/18/2012 4:45:14 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

I love it!


30 posted on 09/18/2012 8:16:29 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: TheOldLady

Kitten claws! (Ouchie memories...)


31 posted on 09/18/2012 8:34:44 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
GRRR-WOOF!


32 posted on 09/18/2012 9:11:03 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Yes, me too. It has been over four years since we took in tiny kitten Shadow. Ouchie memories, indeed. She was a little pistol. She is still a little prickly, but just as sweet as she can be as well.

We think she will be five years old sometime in December.


33 posted on 09/19/2012 6:42:15 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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