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These Liliger Cubs Will Melt Your Heart, and One Day Maybe Eat It

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer
June 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm



If you’re not smitten with these kittens, get off this planet.

The populations of lions and tigers have been decimated over the past 50 years. Sure, it would be smart to breed 100% lions and 100% tigers. But then we wouldn’t get such adorable little creatures like the liliger, which is an extremely rare big cat breed where the father is a lion and the mother is a lion-tiger hybrid (yes, Napoleon Dynamite fans, the liger exists).

AP Photo/Ilnar Salakhiev

AP Photo/Ilnar Salakhiev

The first liliger was born in a Russian zoo in Novosibirsk last year, but now thanks to science and magic (and maybe the nosy ghost of Gunther Gebel-Williams), there’s a second litter of three, all of them females.

This awww-inspiring litter was born in May, but now the three females are all growns up enough to start exploring their surroundings.

AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev

AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev

AP Photo/Ilnar Salakhiev

AP Photo/Ilnar Salakhiev

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AP Photo/Ilnar Salakhiev

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AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev

AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev

AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev

The liliger’s mother, Zita, was born in the Russian zoo in 2004. Their father, Sam, is an African lion. Even in a zoo, seems like a happy family.

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