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This streaming video shows the liger -- a hybrid between a male lion and a female tiger. This animal grows to be much larger than either parent. Interestingly, the tigon -- a hybrid between a male tiger and female lion is usually smaller than either parent. [2:00].

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That is simply amazing.

It looks like the video has been taken down. :(