Your imagination may have wandered to what would happen if various types of animals interbred, yet this idea rarely enters our daily conversations. Yet inter-species breeding may actually be more prevalent than you realize!
A mule is the offspring of male donkey and female horse parents and is commonly known by its name.
Recent USDA investigations revealed that Beefalo meat, like its bison counterpart, had lower amounts of fat and cholesterol compared to beef; additionally it is assumed to have less impact on range land than cattle grazing lands – this makes for an interesting comparison!
Ligers, the largest of all felines, are hybrids bred from male lion and female tiger parents. Ligers are among the most social cats and felines; their social behavior resembles that of lions while enjoying water activities like swimming. Due to habitat constraints in nature, however, Ligers only exist as captive specimens and have reached lengths exceeding 10 feet while weighing over 700 pounds!
If two leopards and lionesses were to meet, their offspring would resemble an odd combination of leopards with lion heads and lion bodies – commonly referred to as Leopons in Japanese, German, and Italian zoos but unlikely ever found in nature.
Informally known as a Geep, this cross between sheep and goat is known as an informal term hybrid animal.
Judy Sugden deliberately crossed Bengal and Tabby cats together in order to create the Toyger cat, an elegant domestic feline with characteristics resembling those found in wild tigers – giving this domestic feline the look and personality of an adorable mini version. All aspects of its appearance make the Toyger resemble one very closely indeed!
The Cama, an offspring of male camel and female llama hybrids, was created through artificial insemination at Dubai’s Central Reproduction Centre in 1998. These small creatures tend to be smaller and more docile than camels, often keeping as pets or being treated as companions by their owners in different regions across the world.
8. Blood Parrot
According to reports, the Blood Parrot is believed to be a hybrid cichlid species created through crossing Severum Cichlid with Red Devil Cichlid or Midas Cichlid with Redhead Cichlid fish species; creating vivid orange fish with a vibrant red body coloration and abnormal swim bladders. Taiwan where these hybrids first emerged has actively sought to rid itself of them from pet stores and related establishments.
9. Female Hybrid Mallard
Female Hybrid Mallard This hybrid duck-mallard was produced by interbreeding Northern Pintail and Mallard ducks, although initially it may seem unremarkable! But look closer – she’s quite stunning!
Zebroid contul It would be hard to find something cuter than a zebroid! Though many features of their donkey mother remain, you can still clearly spot its distinctive zebra stripes. Though less useful as its parent animal, zebras have been observed mating with other species including horses (known as ‘zorses’) and Shetland ponies (‘zetlands’).
11. Iron Age Pig
Artworks depicting Iron Age European pigs included those depicting them as hybrids between wild boars and domesticated Tamworth pigs were popular during prehistoric Europe’s Iron Age period. This type of hybrid breed pig can be reproduced by crossing breeding wild boars with domestic Tamworths to recreate an Iron Age-type appearance; typically this variety of breed is found bred for their distinct meat, typically across Europe for special events; given their heritage these types of domestic pigs tend to be more stubborn and difficult than their domestic counterparts due to their breed heritage they tend to be more difficult and harder than ordinary domestic breeders manage.
When breeding two different horse breeds together, their offspring is known as a zebra hybrid (also called Zonkey, Zebra Mule, Zebrule or Zedonk). These hybrid equine are often referred to as Zebroids.
A Dzo is a hybrid animal created through crossbreeding between yaks and cattle bred to increase in strength and size, commonly used for carrying loads in mountainous regions. A male Dzo is commonly referred to as “Dzo”, while female ones as “Dzomo”. These creatures can often be found as beasts of burden for carrying heavy loads.
A unique hybrid animal known as Khumba emerged at a zoo in Mexico recently.
15. Hybrid Pheasant
Breeding hybrid pheasants can be more of a challenge than breeding hybrid ducks, due to the combination of Golden and Amherst Pheasant species. Though not as breathtakingly beautiful, their presence cannot be ignored thanks to their bold combinations of blue, green, yellow and even red colors that make the hybrid Pheasant stand out and standout from others in its breeding group.
A newly developed crossbreed between an Ocicat and Bengal cat, the Cheetoh has quickly become known for its boundless energy and curiousity.
17. Grolar Bear
While Grolar Bears have been documented to reproduce in the wild, most have been raised captively since their discovery. Although seen at least three specimens at any one time, Grolar Bears generally display characteristics shared between grizzlies and polar bears – many even possess traits from both!
Scientists conducted several hybridization experiments during the 1920s that resulted in the Yakalo, an offspring of both yaks and American bison, by mating bull yaks with both purebred bison cows as well as hybrid bison-cow combinations. This process produced Yakalo offspring.
Wholphin is an incredible creature created when male false killer whales and female dolphins combine, creating a hybrid known as a Wholphin. Thought to only exist in nature, two known Wholphins under captivity reside at Sea Life Park in Hawaii where two are now located – each Wholphin exhibits characteristics from both parent animals that come together in its appearance, color and size.
20. Gamebird Hybrids
Gamebird Hybrids Breeding gamebird hybrids involves intermixing game birds such as ducks with domestic poultry that has been domesticated.