And because the crossbreed goes against nature, this cub is likely to face a rough future, even aside from being carted around by a traveling zoo for show.
Tiger moms forced to carry the liger cubs often have life-threatening trouble giving birth because the size of the cub is an unnatural fit for their bodies. So it's no wonder that there are only roughly 30 animals like him in the world, though estimates vary.
Not only that, ligers often suffer from birth defects and other health problems. Ligers, if they survive early cubhood, can grow up to be 900 pounds, almost twice as large as either of their parents. Because they get so large, their organs can't take it and their hearts can give out due to the sheer size of their bodies.