A new hybrid tiger/lion cub was born on April 20 in Thoiry Zoo. Thoiry is 25 miles from Paris, and consists of mansion build in 1564 with gardens designed by Le Notre, period furnishings and art, and a library of historical records alongside it’s open air zoo of rare animals.
At Thoiry, Vicomte Paul de la Panouse and his wife Annabelle Leigh have already owned four “ligons”, two males and two females. Earlier this year, a couple of these hybrids were given to the Chinese government and now reside in a Beijing Zoo.
The new birth is zoologically important because the mother was the result from the crossing of two species, and it is generally presumed that such crossings always produce sterile offspring.