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18 Hybrid Animals That Are Hard To Believe Actually Exist
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18 Hybrid Animals That Are Hard To Believe Actually Exist

You might have probably heard about the most common animal hybrid between a female horse and a male donkey, called a mule, but did you know there are more of these mixed animals? Though this kind of species and breeds crossing does not usually appear in nature, with the intervention of humans, we now have zonkeys, ligers, and Savannah cats. These animals are typically infertile, with some exceptions, such as the coywolf (not to be confused with a coy wolf), a mix of a coyote and a wolf, and can further reproduce.

Though the internet is full of photoshopped images of strange creatures, this list is full of absolutely real and amazing animals. What does the future hold, with advances in genetic engineering and cloning? Only time will tell! Keep reading to find out more about these weird animals.

(h/t: ohmyimaginaryfriend)

Liger ( Male Lion + Female Tiger)

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Although there are rumors of wild Ligers, as far as we know, they exist only in captivity where they are deliberately bred. They grow to be very large very quickly, and are the biggest cats in the world. Hercules, the largest non-obese liger, is the largest living cat on Earth, weighing over 410 kg (904 lb). (source: wikipedia.org/wiki/Liger)

Tigon (Male Tiger + Female Lion)

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How far can you go? Did you know that Ligers and Tigons also reproduce? We’ll leave it up to you to figure out what their offspring are called! (source: wikipedia.org/wiki/Tigon)

Zonkey (Zebra + Donkey)

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A variation of the aforementioned zebroid. (source: wikipedia.org/wiki/Zebroid)

Jaglion (Male Jaguar + Female Lion)

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A rare combination. These photos are of Jahzara and Tsunami, born at Ontario, Canada’s, Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary. (source: wikipedia.org/wiki/Panthera_hybrid)

Geep (Goat + Sheep)

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Another rare animal, as the offspring of goat and sheep pairings are usually stillborn. (source: wikipedia.org/wiki/Geep)

Grolar Bear (Polar Bear + Brown Bear)

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Also called “pizzly bears,” most grolar bears live in zoos, although there have been a few confirmed sightings in the wild. (source: wikipedia.org/wiki/Grizzly polar_bear_hybrid)

Coywolf (Coyote +Wolf)

(Image credits: Anne Marie Fraser)

Coyotes and eastern wolves only diverged some 150-300,000 years ago, and the two are able to produce offspring. The resulting Coywolves share many behavioral characteristics, and are between the coyote and wolf in size. (source: wikipedia.org/wiki/Coywolf)

Zebroid (Zebra + Any Other Equine)

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Darwin was one of the first to mention the Zebroid, an unruly animal that is hard to tame, and is more aggressive than a horse. (source: wikipedia.org/wiki/Zebroid)

Savannah Cat (Domestic Cat + Serval)

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These beautiful creatures have been described as dog-like, enjoying games of fetch, wagging their tails, and having no fear of water. They are extremely expensive.  (source: wikipedia.org/wiki/Savannah_cat)

Wholphin (Male False Killer Whale + Female Bottlenose Dolphin)

(Image credits: sbingham.seabird)

False killer whales actually come from the same family as dolphins, but despite this, they are extremely rare. Only one wholphin exists in captivity.  (source: wikipedia.org/wiki/Wholphin)

Beefalo (Buffalo + Cow)

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Also called “cattalo,” they’ve been around since 1800, and are heartier than cattle and do less ecological damage when grazing. Unfortunately, as a result of the breeding, it’s believed that only four wild buffalo herds exist that aren’t contaminated by cow genes. (source: wikipedia.org/wiki/Beefalo)

Hinny (Female Donkey + Male Horse)

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Slightly smaller than mules, they’re also much less common. (source: wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinny)

Narluga (Narwhal + Beluga)

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Extremely rare, although there has recently been an increase in sighting in the North Atlantic.

Cama (Camel + Llama)

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First produced at the Camel Reproduction Centre in Dubai in 1998 via artificial insemination, they were created for their fur and use of pack animals. Only 5 were ever made. (source: wikipedia.org/wiki/Cama)

Dzo (Cow + Wild Yak)

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Prized in Tibet and Mongolia for their meat and quantity of milk they produce, they are larger and stronger than both cows and yaks. As with the beefalo, however, it’s believed that both animal breeds in the region now have contaminated genes. (source: wikipedia.org/wiki/Dzo)

Leopon (Male Leopard + Female Lion)

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These beautiful animals have only ever produced in captivity. (source: wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopon)

Mulard (Mallard + Muscovy Duck)

(Image credits: prodejdrubeze.cz)

Bred for food, the mulard is unable to produce offspring. (source: wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulard)

Żubroń (Cow + European Bison)

(Image credits: wikimedia.org)

Stronger and more resistant to disease, they were initially thought to be a possible replacement for cattle. Now, only a small herd exists in Bialowieski National Park in Poland. (source: wikipedia.org/wiki/Żubron)

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KatieParker
Community Member
6 years ago

What I think is people should stop breeding animals that normally would not breed in nature. The babies that turn out well may be sold or exhibited, and those that don't wind up at sanctuaries if there is room, or dig neglected, or dying. There's a reason most of these are "found" only in a captivity.

Shablul
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6 years ago

I know for a fact that some times these couples do happen in nature although rare

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HeatherOgden
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6 years ago

Ligers are a terrible thing for humans to create. They suffer from gigantism Their body never stops growing and becomes too much for the heart to handle. So although all the animals are cute....they aren't exactly healthy

Aiden JarvisBolanos
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6 months ago

I mean they can also be a type of tiger.

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AaydenDye
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6 years ago

Jaglion pic is not a jaglion. That is a melanistic jaguar aka Black Panther. And the beefalo picture us a bison. Many of these are real but those two I know for a fact are not. Come on boredpanda. I am dissapointed in these misinformations. You can do better.

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6 years ago

Thank you for correcting us. We've updated the article. Let us know if you find anything else!

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KatieParker
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6 years ago

What I think is people should stop breeding animals that normally would not breed in nature. The babies that turn out well may be sold or exhibited, and those that don't wind up at sanctuaries if there is room, or dig neglected, or dying. There's a reason most of these are "found" only in a captivity.

Shablul
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6 years ago

I know for a fact that some times these couples do happen in nature although rare

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HeatherOgden
Community Member
6 years ago

Ligers are a terrible thing for humans to create. They suffer from gigantism Their body never stops growing and becomes too much for the heart to handle. So although all the animals are cute....they aren't exactly healthy

Aiden JarvisBolanos
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6 months ago

I mean they can also be a type of tiger.

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AaydenDye
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6 years ago

Jaglion pic is not a jaglion. That is a melanistic jaguar aka Black Panther. And the beefalo picture us a bison. Many of these are real but those two I know for a fact are not. Come on boredpanda. I am dissapointed in these misinformations. You can do better.

BoredPanda Staff
6 years ago

Thank you for correcting us. We've updated the article. Let us know if you find anything else!

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