A lion-tiger hybrid has been born in a travelling Russian zoo

A lion-tiger hybrid has been born in a travelling Russian zoo

Other lion-tiger hybrids have been bred in the past

Monday, January 30, 2017

A cross between a lion and a tiger has been born in a travelling zoo in southern Russia. 

It is believed that only a few dozen members of the hybrid species exist, France 24 reported.

Zoo director Erik Airapetyan told AFP that the cub is now two months old and has been named Tsar.

It was born to a female tiger and a male lion. The liger has stripes as a tiger would, but the rest of its fur is beige. 

Airapetyan added that the parents "have lived together for a long time and know each other well. When the tigress was on heat, she didn't have any other choice [than to mate with the lion]."

At the moment the cub is being fed milk from one of the zoo's goats.