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Ligers Speak Out

Ligers have long fascinated people with their dashing looks and unique backgrounds. These rare creatures are the hybrid offspring of male lions coupling with female tigers. Until now, these majestic creatures have remained rather silent, but they have finally decided to speak out. Of course, as felines, they have found the best…

Tigers are rare enough in general, with all six existing species currently on the endangered list. Keeping that in mind, imagine if your zoo managed to breed a litter of four super-rare white tigers, one of which is albino. You would have hit the breeding-program jackpot. And that's exactly what's happened for the Yalta Zoo in Yalta, Ukraine, where these quadruplet kittens were born on Sunday, May 6. Litters of these seldom-seen animals normally number two or three, so these four cuties are rare indeed, not to mention adorable as all get-out. Watch the video below to see zoo staff bottle feed these odds-defying, days-old cutie pies....

What is this tiger thinking? (a) "I--I'd recognize those paws anywhere. Sheila, you heartless floozy! You broke my heart. I told you never to come back here. I'm over you, Sheila! It took a long time to get over you, but I did it. And now you waltz back into my life, making me feel feelings I don't want to feel anymore. Get out! I never want to see your paws again as long as I live." (b) "What's this? Oh my gosh! You get me. Every day, you humans come here and stare at me, but until now none of you have ever really tried to relate. Finally, here's someone who's willing to put herself in my shoes. Let's be friends!" (c) "Tiger slippers? Tacky. In public? Faux pas. After Labor Day? Someone ...

We've spoken in the past about one of the primary tenants of the Paw Nation Book of Regulations, Edicts & No-Nos (borrowed, of course, from the world-famous Daily Squee Decrees). Specifically, I'm referring to the following rule: "Never, never attempt to snuggle, cuddle, nuzzle, wuzzle, or otherwise hug or be hugged by any Panthera tigris--also known as tigers--including Bengal, Indochinese, Malayan, Siberian, South China, or Sumatran subspecies, or any varieties as yet undiscovered by humans." That rule is airtight, and we stand by it. Learn it, live it, love it. That being said, I do want to mention that this does not mean that you should think of tigers as your enemies! Tigers are beaut...

That feline lightsaber duel from earlier really got me in the mood to see more cats playing with lasers, so here's another great video from Big Cat Rescue. The last time we checked in with BCR, they showed us how the big cats (ie. tigers, lions, leopards and jaguars) are really just like the domesticated cats we have at home. A tiger doesn't look so scary when he's chasing around a giant plastic ball. (Except they really can rip your throat out or eat you alive, so don't get cocky around one.) What other toys that our cats love work just as well on big cats? If you said "laser pointers," you are right! But it's not like you're some kind of genius. It says it right there in the title. Serious...

Big cats. Lions, tigers, jaguars and leopards. The kings of the jungle and whatnot. Think about one. What do you see? Probably something pretty majestic. The magnificent beast sits regally upon some rock or something, the master of all he surveys. He is relaxed, but could strike at any moment. He is fierce and proud. If he could speak, his voice would probably be deep and resonant and demanding of your attention and respect. Like Dennis Haysbert's. Or maybe your imagination conjures a lion on the hunt. Tearing across the plains in pursuit of some antelope, he snarls, bearing his fangs and his shiny claws. He takes down his prey in a flurry of blood and dust, standing over the kill and roari...