Photo Gallery:Russian zoo’s unique cubs

(AP)

The zoo in Novosibirsk, Russia’s third-largest city, is home to a unique animal – the liliger. That’s a big cat breed where the father is a lion and the mother is a lion-tiger hybrid, called a liger.

The first liliger was born in the zoo last year and now there’s a second litter of three, all of them females.

They were born in May and now have grown up enough to start exploring their surroundings, showing an endearing clumsy energy. Their mother, Zita, was born in the zoo in 2004. Their father, Sam, is an African lion.

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只有一個月大的獅獅虎,好奇地在動物園內探索新環境。A month-old liliger cub walks in Novosibirsk Zoo. The cub's mother is Zita, a liger - half-lioness, half-tiger, and its father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

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