Rare breed of big cat at sanctuary in Oroville


OROVILLE, Calif. - A ti liger cub resides at the Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary in Oroville. A ti liger is a mix between a liger- or a lion and a tiger - with a full bred tiger. There are only five ti ligers in the United States.

The ti liger will be studied by researchers to find out more about the breed and big cats in general. The cub will grow up next to a full-bred tiger cub for companionship.

Roberta Kirshner is the co-founder of the sanctuary, and works to find animals with special needs that would not survive in the wild.

"Each animal touches your heart," said Kirshner. "We're really fortunate to be able to do this every day."

Both cubs do not have a name yet. Kirshner is hoping to name them after a sponsor. The sanctuary currently has 14 sponsors but needs 94 to keep up maintenance costs.

Kirshner said the animals at the sanctuary go through 720 pounds of food every day. Community donations are crucial to keep the sanctuary running.

"We wouldn't be able to do it without support from the community," said Kirshner.

Kirshner said the sanctuary is holding a fundraiser on February 14. Anyone can come and take pictures with both cubs.

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