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The liger is a hybrid cross between a male lion (Panthera leo) and a tigress (Panthera tigris). Thus, it has parents with the same genus but of different species. It is distinct from the similar hybrid tiglon. It is the largest of all known extant felines.
Ligers enjoy swimming, which is a characteristic of tigers, and are very sociable like lions. Ligers exist only in captivity because the habitats of the parental species do not overlap in the wild. Historically, when the Asiatic Lion was prolific, the territories of lions and tigers did overlap and there are legends of ligers existing in the wild. Notably, ligers typically grow larger than either parent species, unlike tiglons which tend to be about as large as a female tiger
A leopon is a hybrid between a lioness and a male leopard. The head of a leopon resembles that of a lion; however, the rest of its body looks more similar to the leopard. Similar to the liger, a leopon can also be only produced in captivity.
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The Savannah cat is a hybrid between a domestic cat and serval. It is considered as the closest species to the domestic wild cat. It is a breed of an African wild cat and a normal cat. The F 1 male cat is the largest species of this kind. In behavior, the Savannah cat is more similar to a dog. It can be trained to carry out certain acts like walking on a leash and fetching objects.
It is a social animal and is usually friendly to new people as well as other dogs and cats. It also possesses rather astonishing jumping abilities. They are also not afraid of the water.
Grolar Bear or Pizzly
It is a hybrid between a polar bear and a grizzly bear. This hybrid was first recorded in 2006. The occurrence of this hybrid in natural environments is still the topic of research.
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It is a hybrid between a donkey and a zebra. In 1973, donkeys and zebras were mated within the Jerusalem zoo to create a breed that would be immune to diseases, and would be used as a draft animal. Presently, they are mostly being bred in Africa so that they can be used for trekking on the Mount Kenya.
They are very successful because they are resistant to several diseases that are common in that area.
This is a hybrid between a male false killer whale and a female bottlenose dolphin. It a very rare hybrid that was first recorded in Tokyo. However, the species could not survive for more than 200 days. It is a fertile species and can reproduce. They can also be seen at the Sea Life Park in America.
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Magalitsa or Sheep-pig
This is not a hybrid in a strict sense. However, it is a natural pig breed that has descended from the wild boar. In specific terms, it is a cross between a European wild boar and a Hungarian pig. Like sheep, this breed possesses a hairy fleece which is why it is called a sheep-pig.
This is a hybrid between a wolf and a domestic dog. Wolfdogs have been around for quite a long time. In fact, there is evidence that they existed around 10,000 years ago. Presently, this breed is produced used as military dogs or simply companion dogs. Famous examples are the Czechoslovakian wolf dog and the German Shepherd.
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Hybrid of: a cow and a bison
Better take notice here, because with the way things are now, soon the beefalo will be standard serving at all American households in place of regular beef. The Beefalo has been appearing naturally in the US since the 18th century, and it was already in 1800 when we started to intentionally breed our cattle with the bison.
Unlike many cross-breeds, the beefalo is fertile, meaning it can produce its own offspring, making it perfect for future ranching. The animal supposedly mixes in the very best traits of cattle and bison: its meat is as delicious as typical beef but also significantly lower in fat and cholesterol, like the bison. If the breed will catch on it might completely replace regular cattle, ending in our hamburgers and steaks but killing us significantly slower.
The only downside is that the beefalo will basically wipe out the bison population, which will be completely bred out into beefalo and eaten if modern trends continue. We should maybe hold a massive beefalo barbeque in their honor or something.
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Chimera of: a sheep and a goat
The geep is not a hybrid. A hybrid is what happens when 2 species bone until something vaguely different from each of them is born. A chimera is most often the result of genetic experiments, what happens when you start combining genes at an embryo level, which is what happened in the geep’s case.
The geep is the result of combining the DNA of a sheep and a goat in order to… that was never made clear actually, but if one was to take a guess the answer would probably be “We wanted to see if it was possible”. Ah science, thanks for reminding us that one day you will doom us all.
The results of this chimerization vary greatly, occasionally producing a weird breed of hairy sheep or wooly goats, but even that eventually gets bred out in the geep’s 2nd or 3rd generation. Ultimately though, the geep is the result of bona fide mad sciencing, a real life genetic mutant, which could only get cooler if they bred a couple of eagle wings into it.
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GREEN SEA SLUG
The green sea slug Elysia chlorotica is one of the biggest thieves underwater. For years it has been known to steal photosynthesizing organelle and genes from algae, its primary food source, but now scientists believe the little plagiarist found a way to re-wire its own body to produce chlorophyll, the naturally occurring plant pigment, responsible for their, and now the slug’s, green coloring.
We are talking about a fairly complex chemical process of chlorophyll production going on inside an animal’s body, something researchers thought impossible until now. The slug can very well be the first actual fusion of animal and plant on the planet.
And you know what this means: as soon as scientists crack how the hell did this happen, we will be one step closer to what humanity always dreamed of: real life Ents; the sentient humanoid-ish trees from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings which stirred some serious trouble for the evil wizard Saruman. Come on science! We want Ents!