Ligers, tigons, and Grolars Oh my! Many old civilizations´ mythologies featured bizarre hybrid creatures such as the Centaur, Harpy and Sirena and even these days, graphic designers and Photoshop fans create modern hybrids by mixing different animal species together. But hybrids animals are real, living creatures. They can occur naturally (when two similar animal species interbreed) or they can be made via so called in vitro fertilization or somatic hybridization. You will see all forms of hybrid creations within these 25 fascinating hybrid animals.
Aside from the creation of hybrid animals, their naming is also interesting. In fact, it depends on the sex and the species of the parents. For example, the father usually gives the first half of his species’ name and the mother gives the second half of hers. Therefore, a pizzly bear has a polar bear father and grizzly bear mother whereas a grolar bear’s parents would be reversed. With that said, you can now see how the liger (one of the most famous hybrid animals in the world), which is a cross between a male lion and a female tiger, got its name. Are you ready for some really cool hybrid animals? Then let us present you with some of the most fascinating hybrids around! From jaglions and coywolves to zebroids and wholphins, these are 25 Fascinating Hybrid Animals You Have To See Today.
Let us start out with one of the most well-known hybrid animals ever. A cross between a male lion and a tigress, the liger exists only in captivity because the habitats of the parental species do not overlap in the wild. With weight of up to over 400 kilograms (900 pounds), ligers are the largest of all known extant felines.
Another cross between the two largest feline species, the tigon is a hybrid cross between a male tiger and a lioness. Not as common as the converse hybrids (ligers), tigons usually do not exceed the size of their parent species because they inherit growth-inhibitory genes from the lioness mother. They mostly weigh around 180 kg (400 lb).
Also known as jaguon, the jaglion is the offspring between a male jaguar and a female lion. This mounted specimen is on display at the Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum in Hertfordshire, England. It has the lion’s background color, brown, jaguar-like rosettes and the powerful build of the jaguar.
One of the hybrids naturally occurring in the wild, the savannah cat is a cross between a serval (medium-sized African wild cat) and a domestic cat. Savannah cats are commonly compared to dogs in their loyalty, and they will follow their owners around the house like a canine. They can even be trained to walk on a leash and to fetch.
Bengal cats were developed by the selective breeding of domestic cats crossed then backcrossed and backcrossed once more with hybrids from the Asian leopard cat and domestic cat. The goal was to create a confident, healthy and friendly cat with a highly contrasted and vividly marked coat. These cats are generally a bright orange or light brown color.