World’s First “Liliger” Born in US
Newborn liliger cubs (female left, male right) at GW Interactive Zoo on May 31, 2014 in Wynnewood, Oklahoma (Photo: CFP)
A private zoo in Oklahoma celebrated the birth of what they call the world’s first male liliger cub. A liliger is the offspring of a male lion and a ligress. The adorable cub and his little sister make up American second litter of the rare hybrid animal. Their parents are Simba, the lion, and Akara, female liger gave birth to 3.5 pound, 11.25 inch long cubs on May 31st at the GW Interactive Zoo in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. Zoo president Joe Schreibvogel and his team of researchers say they are studying the DNA and genetics of the animals to educate the public about crossbred animals.