Liger Cubs: Taiwan Zoo Breeds Tiger-Lion Hybrids
Ligers Born in Taiwan
Part-tiger, part-lion, the liger is pretty much Napoleon Dynamite's favorite animal, and actually exists. Ligers were bred at a private Taipei zoo. The the mother, a tiger; and the father, a lion, shared a cage for several years, and nature took its course.
However, such interbreeding is illegal in Taiwan, and the zoo will be subject to a fine. Meanwhile, the two surviving liger cubs were rejected by their mother, and are being hand-raised at the zoo.
Ligers are the offspring of male lions and female tigers; tiglons are the offspring of male tigers and female lions.
Upon reaching adulthood, ligers are the largest cats in the world. Hercules, a liger who lives at Miami's Jungle Island, weighs 900 pounds. [q url=""]The ligers' birth violates Taiwan's wildlife laws, and the zoo will face a fine of up to 50,000 Taiwan dollars ($1,600) for breeding animals without government consent.[/q]