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Last Updated: Wednesday July 18 2007 13:02 GMT

Lion and tiger cross cubs born

One of the liger cubs

Three unusual looking cubs have been born to a tiger mum and lion dad at a zoo in Germany.

Called ligers, the cubs have spots AND stripes on their coats and are thought to be the largest cats in the world.

One of the cubs died shortly after it was born, but the other two are said to be doing really well and are enjoying their new-found celebrity.

It is unusual for different species of animals to have babies together so liger cubs are very rare.

Even rarer are tigons, which are born to a lion mum and tiger dad. Unlike ligers, tigons are often much smaller than either of their parents.

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