A Russian zoo is home to a unique animal - the liger. It is half-lioness, half-tiger. Mother Zita is pictured licking her one month old liliger cub
I DON’T GIVE A SHIT WHAT YOU CALL IT LOOK AT HER HAPPY LITTLE FACE IN THE LAST PICTURES SHE’S SO PROUD OF HER LIL CUB AND HER SPOTS AND SHE’S GOTTA BE TOUGH MOMMA WHEN THE BABY’S LOOKING BUT AS SOON AS THEY TURN AROUND, SHE’S LIKE,
“:3 Look at it. I made a thing. I made a rly good thing. :3”
AAAAA I THOUGHT LIGERS WERE STERILE OMG IT HAD BABIES
Maybe breeding them with lions is what stablizes it enough to produce offspring? That’s the issue most hybrids have with being sterile (and other genetic defects), the genetic information of the two different animals doesn’t line up like it does between two of the same animals so some bits get lost in translation and there can potentially be extra chromosomes hanging around. Like, a horse has 64 chromosomes and a donkey has 62 so a mule has 63 and there’s just a spare chromosome hanging in there. Lions and tigers both have 38 chromosomes, but that doesn’t guarantee all the information is stored in the same place so some things don’t line up correctly and result in poor health and inviability in future generations? I dunno, this the explanation that comes out of a 12th grade biology understanding of genetics.
(Source: unusuallytypical, via not-my-cup-of-lipton)