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.
The coywolf is a term for a canid hybrid descended from coyotes and one of three other North American Canis species, the gray, eastern and red wolf. Coyotes are closely related to eastern and red wolves, having diverged just 150,000–300,000 years ago and evolved side by side in North America.
The mule is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse. Mules are more patient, sure-footed, hardy and long-lived than horses, and they are considered less obstinate, faster, and more intelligent than donkeys. Valued for their ground-covering abilities, mules usually weigh between 370 and 460 kg (820 and 1,000 lb).
The converse hybrid between donkey and horse, the hinny is the offspring of a horse stallion and a jenny donkey. Like mules, hinnies come in many sizes but they are much rarer than mules as jennies and stallions can be choosier about their mates than horse mares and donkey jacks and even if they do cooperate, female donkeys are less likely to conceive when bred to a horse.
Sometimes also referred to as cattalo or the American hybrid, the beefalo is a fertile hybrid offspring of domestic cattle (usually a male) and the American buffalo (usually a female). Beefalo are primarily cattle in genetics and appearance, with the breed association defining a full Beefalo as one with three-eighths bison genetics.
Known by many other names such as zedonk, zorse, zebra mule, zonkey, and zebmule, the zebroid is the offspring of any cross between a zebra and any other equine (horse, donkey etc.). Bred since the 19th century, zebroids physically resemble their non-zebra parent, but are striped like a zebra. Yet, the stripes usually do not cover the wholly body of the animal.