And now… lets have a look at the top ten strangest hybrid animals in the world.. tigons, ligers and bears oh my!
The savannah cat
Cats have been domesticated since well before anyone can really know.. the Egyptians held them in high favor and today we have the furry little fuzzballs in our homes all over the world. But I guess just having a simple feline friend isn’t enough for some… enter, the savannah cat. Somewhere somebody decided to take a regular old domesticated kitty and put them in the same box with a serval… a wild cat that roams the African plains. The craze first began in the 90s.. and today the savannah cat is recognized as a championship breed. The crazy cats are said to have many traits like dogs… following their owners, playing in water, and even being comfortable on a leash. Watch out fido… your jobs in danger!
Ever heard of the great yakalo? Probably not. This hybrid wonder was a short lived experiment where scientists in the roaring twenties decided it might be a good idea to shove two similar species together and figure out what happens..the bull yak was reportedly put together with the american bison to form the perfect reeses peanut butter cup of hulking land animal… but unfortunately the chocolate and the peanut butter didn’t last long in this lab bred debacle. Experiments on the yakalo were discontinued in the late 20s and haven’t been revisited since. Fortunately though.. the yak was replaced with a more delicious and pleasing sounding beef cow and the beefalo was born…. Just something about the name yak that kills the tastebuds, don’t ya think?
Personally speaking, this is the most tasty on our list of strangest hybrids to me. Theres nothing like that deliciousness of beef.. and the tender lushness of bison to get your pallet raging and thankfully that all comes together in the beefalo. This delicious designer hybrid is a combination of the bison and a regular beef cow, produced specifically for special meat production. The beefalo meat is found to be much lower in fat and cholesterol content, and the cross breeding of the two forms makes for a creature that can withstand harsher weather much easier. Mmmmmm whats for dinner?!
This clever mixture of large cats is a cross between the male tiger and the female lioness. Its well believed that this breed along with its cousin breed, the liger… have been in existence for centuries due to their territories crossing each other and their natural close compatibility. A second generation tigon is known as the litigon, with a female tigon being crossed with an Asiatic lion… with the largest ever litigon weighing in at approximately 800 lbs. That’s a lot of kitty chow to be woofing down!
Anyone who has seen the cult classic film napoleon dynamite will instantly get nostalgic over the famous, liger. This favorite of napoleons drawing subjects is a close cousin to the tigon, and is made by crossing a male lion with a female tigress. Ligers are known to be the largest cat in the entire world, with the largest liger in captivity being named Hercules and weighing close to one thousand pounds.. which earned the ginormous genetic wonder a spot in the Guinness book of world records… which of course is the talk of the town in the feline community. See you on the red carpet, Hercules!
Furthering our adventures into the world of “how many big cat combinations can we make?”.. we stumble across the leopon. This interesting cat concoction is made from mixing a male leopard and a lioness. .. and is believed that it was originally put together this way as a means to breed for its skin to be used as fashion pieces. Unfortunately the leopon is not without its issues… as most don’t make it very far into adulthood with massive health problems and rampant feline cancer being an epidemic within the breed. Close in nature to all big cat crossovers, we should also give honorable mention to the jaglion… the jagupard… and the pumapard… use your imaginations.
The zonkey prize!
You remember the classic game show lets make a deal.. where the excited contestant has 3 doors to choose from where a shiny brand new car could possibly awaiting.. .but inevitably it always seemed like lurking behind door number 3 was the disappointing, donkey prize! Well how about a not so disappointing cross of quadruped. The zonkey! A mixture of the zebra and the donkey, these striped stubborn mules are mostly seen in Africa where their populations naturally mix. Donkeys aren’t the only thing that a zebra can mate with within the equine line… as the zebroid is considered to be any mixture of zebra and closely related horse like creature.
You see them on farms all the time frolicking around together but have you ever considered the love connection that a goat and a sheep might produce… well, turns out that’s what becomes a geep. This combination however is rather rare… because both the goat and sheep come from different genera, or plainly put.. they just aren’t supposed to go together at all.
The grolar bear
Everyone has seen those commercials during Christmas… cute white polar bears running around and being silly while enjoying a soda. But what if that bear was slightly modified… introducing, the grolar bear. This mix between a polar bear and a grizzly was first discovered in 2006 by a Canadian hunter who thought his catch was a little odd looking. Upon medical examination and DNA testing it was determined that the species was a cross of the two popular great white northern bears. It is believed that climate change may be a possible result for the playful polars being pushed into grizzly territory, and the laws of attraction then have taken over between the two roaring wild species.
topping out our list of crazy hybrid animals, we just couldn’t resist talking about the cama. This crazy lab born ceature is what you get when you mix a male camel with a female llama. Its said that the llama which is artificially produced in dubai… was created to make a version that would put out higher wool production, while having the stoutness and nature of the camel. Unfortunately messing with science has its consequences.. and most camas are born infertile. But hey… at least they wont spit on you!
That’s the top ten strangest hybrid animals in the world… remember to comment below