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World's First 'Liliger' is Born in Siberian Zoo

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Lions and tigers, oh my. But now a new animal can be added to the mix.

Meet baby cub, Kiara, thought to be the world's first liliger.

The cute kitty, whose mom, Zita, is a liger (lion crossed with a tiger) and dad, Sam, is an African lion, was born in August at the Novosibirsk Zoo in Siberia.

To add to the confusion, Kiara is reportedly being raised by the zoo's ordinary domestic cat since her liger mother wasn't able to provide enough milk to feed the hungry, growing baby cub.

Kiara is being kept in quarantine right now, but visitors should be able to see her fuzzy face as soon as October.

"This cub has just started growing and developing, her character has not even formed yet. But I'm confident she will be a calm, confident, strong animal," Roza Solovyova, the head of the zoo's cat section, told Reuters.

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