Strangest 15 Hybrid Animal Breeds You Didn’t Know Existed
Most of us love animals, don’t we? Sure we do. Whether it be pets at home, like our beloved cats and dogs and fish and budgies and rat and rabbits. Or down at a farm with cows, pigs and goats. And we all love nature programs on television, don’t we? Lions, sharks, frogs… But these are all species and breeds we’ve known since forever. And let’s face it, we’re all a touch bored of them, aren’t we? We’ve walked dogs forever, seen every Discovery Channel shark special and petted goats at the farm enough. Let’s entertain ourselves with some weird nature. There are actually a whole bunch of odd animal hybrid breeds that you’ve probably never heard of. Here are fifteen of the most bizarre…
Grolar Bear – Hybrid animals are created when two animals from different species mate and a mixture between the two is born. The offspring will likely have features from both parents, seemingly creating a whole new species. Here we see a mix between two bears – the grizzly bear and the polar. Obviously, the two species don’t live near each other in the wild, so you know this the the result of a zoo hook-up.
Cama – These hybrids are a mixture between a male dromedary camel and a female llama. The breeding has been produced via artificial insemination at the Camel Reproduction Centre in Dubai. Why? Well, for Dr. Frankensteinesque reasons. The aim of it is to create an animal with a higher wool production than the llama, but with the size of a camel and the cooperative temperament of one too.
Leopon – Leopons are the offspring of a male leopard and a lady lion, otherwise known as a lioness. They’ve been bred in zoos in Italy, India, Japan and Germany. The experiments didn’t prove very successful, though. It doesn’t appear as though the breeding was a huge success. In terms of size, a leopon will take after lioness mom and are be slightly larger than leopards. Trouble is, they’re often born sterile.
Zonkey – We’re calling them ‘zonkeys’ because it’s funny and it amuses us, but the official name for them is ‘zebroid’ But you can also call them zedonks, zorses, zebra mules and zebmules. They’re the offspring of any mix between a zebra and any other kind of equine animal. Basically, a zebra hybrid. And we think they’re very cute, what do you reckon to them?
Geep – Now, as you’ve probably already spotted, the names are quite good indicators as to the two breeds that go into making up these hybrid animals. And it doesn’t exactly take an expert to work out who the two parents are to this cute little ‘geep’ (so, sorry if you were guessing along at home…). You got it – this thing’s a cross between two farmyard favorites – a goat and a sheep!
Tiguar – There has only ever been one reported case of a ‘tiguar’. A male tiguar, called Mickey was born at Altiplano Zoo, San Pablo Apetitlan in Mexico Zoo back in in 2007. His dad was a Siberian tiger and his mom? A female jaguar captured in Mexico, but born free. Big cats can breed pretty well and come up with mongrel type offspring. They’re just rare because they don’t meet very often in nature.
Zony – More crazy zebra action here with a lovely example of a cross between a stripey beast and its relatively similar pony. It’s normally a male zebra and a female donkey that create one of these bad boys. You’ve got to think – these zebras are pretty saucy, aren’t they? They love getting a little where they can get it, don’t they? Creating all these hybrids… The foal maintenance fees must be enormous.
Tigon – You would be forgiven for thinking that a ‘liger’ is the same as a ‘tigon’. They’re both mixtures of the two main big cats, tigers and lions, right? Right. But tigons and ligers are different. Tigons are the products of male tigers and female lion, ligers are the opposite – where the mom’s a tiger and old man is a big ol’ lion. An easy mistake to make. We forgive you. You’re not hybrid animal experts like us, are you?
Zorse – A zorse is the product of a zebra stallion and a horse mare’s romantic union. This cross is also known as a zebrula, zebrule, or zebra mule. Again, all pretty amusing names. The rarer reverse pairing (stallion and lady zebra getting it on) can be called a horbra, hebra, zebrinny or even a zebret. Like almost all other animal hybrids, the zorse is sterile and cannot reproduce.
Wholphin – Now when we first read the word ‘wholphin’, we instantly thought that we would be looking upon the unholy union of a wolf and a dolphin. Luckily though, for the sake of the animals as much as our eyes, we were wrong. We got the dolphin part correct, but the wolf bit? Not so much. It’s a much likelier option – the whale. These things are basically big dolphins.
Coydog – This cutie pie isn’t a regular mongrel dog like the one you might have at home. This mixed-up chap is half dog and half coyote, bless her. They’re not to be confused with coywolves (we’re not going to insult your intelligence by telling you which two species go into making them). Who knew a coyote (or half of one, anyway) could be so cute?!
Beefalo – If there was a prize for the funniest name in the world of the hybrid animal, then the ‘Beefalo’ easily picks it up. They’re also known as ‘cattalo’, which is slightly less hilarious. You can make your own beefalo at home, you know. All you need is domestic bull and a female American buffalo. This might be slightly to horrible, but we bet they taste GREAT.
Savannah Cat – These bad boys are super cute, aren’t they? They’re not all that different from normal domestic cats, actually. Savannah cats half normal housecats and half ‘servals’. Servals are medium-sized, large-eared wild African cats. And they’re just beautiful. Imagine having one of these special cats strutting around your house, it’d be ace, wouldn’t it!
Mule – Not all hybrids are very exciting, though. Some are more subtle than others. Like the mule, for instance. Now, the mule you’re looking at here isn’t related to donkeys as you might think. All these zebra/horses/donkeys so far might might have got you all equine thinking. These are just birds. Charles Darwin’s favorite birds. Finches. Their hybridizing gave Darwin plenty of his ideas…
Mulard – A mulard is made when two different ‘makes’ of duck come together – mallards and mule ducks. But you wouldn’t want to be a mulard. These poor things are bred specifically. For the production of foie gras. These things, when old enough, get force fed corn through a tube to fatten up their livers. It’s pretty cruel. The sinister side of hybrid animals…