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Kiara, World's First Liliger, Born At Russian Zoo (VIDEO)

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Kiara, the world's first liliger, was born in a Russian zoo in August.
Kiara, the world's first liliger, was born in a Russian zoo in August.

Kiara is a curious cat: Her father is an African lion and her mother is a liger -- a cross between a lion and a tiger.

Thought to be the world's first known "liliger," Kiara was born last month in the Novosibirsk Zoo in Russia, ABC News reports.

To make things even more complicated, the super-hybridized feline is reportedly being raised by an ordinary house cat named Dasha after her liger mother wasn't able to provide the newborn cub with enough milk, the Sun reports.

The practice of breeding hybrid cats, such as Bengal Cats and Stone Cougars, has been criticized in the past as being "irresponsible" and potentially dangerous, especially when the animals are kept as pets.

"In a nutshell, it is an irresponsible thing to do and there is no redeeming reason to cross breed these cats nor to support those who do by buying one. It almost never works out for the individual cat and in the rare case that it does, the number of animals that had to suffer in order for this one rare cat to exist is staggering," Carole Baskin, founder of Big Cat Rescue, explains on the animal sanctuary's website.

However, it seems Kiara won't be going home with an unsuspecting child but will instead be living at the zoo with her big cat family and her new house cat mom.

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