One male and one female survived, while two other cubs who were not born healthy died, Colorado’s Channel 9 News reported.
A liger is a cross between a male lion and a female tiger, which means it has parents of the same genus but different species. Ligers were popularized by the 2004 movie Napoleon Dynamite, whose main character Napoleon said a liger was “bred for its skills in magic.”
According to Chinese state television, there are only about 20 ligers alive today.
Zhou Xiaoguang, a feeder for the liger cubs, told Channel 9 that the cubs had been “struggling to survive” since their birth on May 13 but were “back to normal now.”
Watch a video of the newborn ligers:
A farm in Taiwan that bred two ligers Taiwan in August 2010 faced a fine for violating wildlife rules. Watch a video of those newborn ligers:
More photos of ligers: