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A Guide To Amazing Animal Hybrids

Updated on July 1, 2012

In nature there is always a strong tendency for animals of the same type to stick together. Whether it be bird flocks, other ground roaming animal herds and the list goes on. But some animals can cross breed many of the crossbreeds I list below are rare of course and in most instances are a product of man bringing these different animals together as opposed to happening in the wild.

Zorse
Zorse

ZORSE

No the zorse is not a mythical creature from Lord Of The Rings. A zorse is a cross bred hybrid of a horse and a zebra. These animsals have been bred since the 1900s, they are rare but look quite interesting. The one pictured here sticks out and has quite prominent features of both the horse and the zebra. Many other terms are used to refer to this crossbreed such as: Zebroid, and with donkey crosses: Zedonk, with mule crosses: Zebrule. Some other slang terms also may be used.

Liger
Liger

LIGER

Existing only in captivity at this point the Liger is a hybrid crossbreed of a lion and a tiger. Bred in captivity these creatures grow larger than either sing species of lion or tiger. In ancient times when lions and tigers were plentiful it is said that their territory overlapped enough that Ligers existed in the wild. today however in captivity is the only way to produce them. Several other crossbreeds of cats exist, but many as said are the product of man bringing them together.

Swoose
Swoose

SWOOSE

This is a crossbreed of a swan and a goose. They can occur in captivity but also have been sighted in the wild most notably in the United Kingdom. They are very rare in either case and to see one is said to bring good luck. Again this crossbreeding occurs as the breeding grounds of the muted swan and geese have a wide overlapping district and allows for the two to occasionally pair. Some of these birds are also found in zoos.

Sheep Goat Hybrid
Sheep Goat Hybrid

SHEEP-GOAT HYBRID

Occuring very occasionally the offspring of a sheep and a goat are often stillborn. But sometimes the offspring will survive. The offspring is usually unable to reproduce. The main issue with the reproduction between sheep and goats is the fact that both species have a slightly different number of chromosomes. Thus this crossbreeding is quite hazardous to the offspring.

Wholphin
Wholphin

WHOLPHIN

The wholphin is a hybrid cross between a whale and a dolphin. This hybrid is almost always a midway size between the two species and possesses many many qualities of both. There are only two in captivity in a marine park in Hawaii. Therer have been sighting of such creatures in the wild however.

There are many other types of hybrid crossbred species. Domestic cats mixed with wild species to give them a leopard type coat. Many different types of crossbred birds as they have large populations in some areas. Cama a cross between a camel and a llama. Jaglion, a lion and jaguar hybrid and many others.

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Cama - Camel and Llama crossbreed
Cama - Camel and Llama crossbreed

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      StellaSee - yes the Zorse does look pretty interesting. It may look photo-shopped but trust me it's real, check around online, you'll find a lot of trustworthy sources :)

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      StellaSee 5 years ago from California

      That zorse is something..it looks like it was photoshopped! weird~ The cama looks like its more comfortable to ride than a camel :D

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Alexander Mark - hybrid animals are very interesting for sure, thanks for commenting!

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Lipnancy - I think with hybird animals like the Zorse and some of the canine or feline crosses they are still healthy enough. Animals like goat-sheep crosses end up stillborn a lot and those that survive do have a lot of problems and usually can't procreate.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Nettlemere - riding the source around would certainly get the rider some attention!

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      Alexander Silvius 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Very cool. I had no idea that sheep and goats were related but it makes sense. I love hybrids.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Matthew Maktub - yes hybrid animals are real, like the zorse but are rare.

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I did not know that this was even possible. Very cool pictures. I wonder if these cool creature have any health problems or any other negative effects because of interbreeding?

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      Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      The Zorse is stunningly beautiful. I'm intrigued to hear about the wholphin - I had no idea that was possible. Thanks for writing about it.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Melissa A Smith - the zorse is pretty weird looking for sure!

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      Matthew Foreman 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Interesting stuff. I never knew any of these existed.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      writer20 - yep there are many weird crossbred animals besides the Zorse, Jaglion, Liger and Swoose!

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      Melissa A Smith 5 years ago from New York

      Interesting, that zorse also appears to be pied, which is a color mutation.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I never knew about the crossed animals. You wrote a great hub for the animals.

      Voted very interesting.