In August 2012, the world's first known "liliger" was born at a zoo in Novosibirsk, Russia. The breed is a cross between a lion and a lion-tiger hybrid, known as a liger.
The cub, named Kiara, bonded with a nurturing domestic cat for a short time, after her liger mother couldn't produce milk. This week, photos of that adorable interaction surfaced on Internet.
These adorable pictures show the moment Kiara play fights with its 'mother' - Darka
As soon as the two were introduced, Darka slipped straight into the role of parent by licking and warming the cub as if she were her own
Pictured playing and nuzzling together, the two formed an extraordinary bond and were rarely seen apart