Truth Behind This Popular ‘Liger’ Cub
A rare crossbred lion-tiger cub is just a few weeks old and he’s already being carted around Russia for show. That is as a result of he is a rare sight — there are only roughly 30 animals like him on this planet. Tzar was born after a male lion named Cesar was bred with a tigress named Princess at a zoo within the Samara area of Russia. The zoo is feeding him goat milk and calling him Tzar.
However the pure habitat of tigers is in Asia, whereas the pure habitat of lions is in Africa — so there’s nothing pure about a “liger.” Tzar’s mother and father, if they have been wild, would not even stay on the identical continent.
“Mating between lions and tigers wouldn’t occur within the wild,” Susan Bass, director of public relations for Big Cat Rescue, informed The Dodo. “Sadly, it does occur when captive big cats of various species are kept together because irresponsible breeders and exhibitors have discovered that individuals pays to see a rare, unusual exotic cat.”
Tiger mothers forced to carry the liger cubs often have life-threatening trouble giving birth as a result of the size of the cub is an unnatural fit for their bodies. So it is no wonder that there are only roughly 30 animals like him on this planet, though estimates range.
Not only that, ligers typically undergo from birth defects and other health problems. Ligers, if they survive early cubhood, can develop as much as be 900 pounds, almost twice as large as either of their parents. Because they get so large, their organs cannot take it and their hearts may give out due to the sheer size of their bodies.