In Xixiakou Wildlife Zoo, a dog, which recently had its puppies was enlisted to aid in the feeding of two liger cubs deprived by their mother of its milk. Four cubs were born initially earlier this month, but only two cubs survived. In an Associated Press report
, zoo spokesperson Cong Wen said that it was uncertain why the tigress had stopped feeding her cubs. However, she said that after some problems in the beginning, the cubs were now feeding properly from their canine stepmother.
Although a male lion and a female tiger are two different species, they are able to breed together. Liger hybrids usually grow much larger than either parents and are ultimately rare. Ligerworld.com stated
that a 2004 report had suggested about the existence of ligers in captivity to be only a hundred around the world, but in a more recent National Geographic exploration, around 30 ligers may exist today.