Liger cub Aries with his big brother Hercules at Myrtle Beach Safari wildlife reserve in South Carolina.
Congratulations, Liger! You are World Book's Official Animal of the Day. Ligers are the result of the mating of a a male lion and a female tiger. Tigers and lions look similar except for the color and length of their hair. Lions and tigers rarely mate with each other in the wild, but it does happen in zoos and game reserves. They can produce offspring called ligers or tigons. When a male tiger mates with a female lion, the offspring is called a tigon.
World Book Explains: Do lions and tigers ever mate? Presented by Matt Weibler, Zookeeper at Chicago Zoological Society.