A female Bengal tigress gave birth to cubs known as ligers. The dad is a male African lion named Simba. The three liger cubs were born in Taiwan on Sunday at the World Snake King Education Farm in Tainan County in the south. Two of the cubs survived and are being hand reared by zoo staff after their mom rejected them.
According to the Taipei-based Apple Daily, there are only around 10 surviving ligers in the world, with adult ligers capable of growing much larger than average lions.
Animal rights groups have criticized the zoo’s owner Huang Kuo-nan for the illegal crossbreeding, and he faces a fine for breeding wildlife without prior approval.
He insists it was unintentional. “The pregnancy of the tigress caught me totally unprepared,” Huang said. “The lion and the tigress have been kept in the same cage since they were cubs more than six years ago, and nothing happened.”
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