Friday, September 13, 2013
Top 5 Most Weird Hybrid Animals
We all are familiar with the term "Hybrid." Scientifically, hybrid animals are cross-breeds between animals of similar genetics. Hybrids are rare in nature because most of the animals mate with their own species but sometimes animals from different but closely related species do occasionally mate and the result is a biological hybrid. An hybrid offspring displays traits and characteristics of both parents. Hybrid animals have increased vigour and other superior qualities arising from the crossbreeding. Have you seen the movie "Splice"? Yes, the same movie which showcases a chimera experiment gone horribly wrong. The movie is based on a human-animal hybrid that becomes evil and goes completely out of control. Splice is a science fiction movie but chimera experiments with human cells are not, and real life scientists have been conducting them for decades. So, sooner or later we would definitely come across a real human-animal hybrid and whether it becomes good or evil only time will tell. Now, let's come back to our topic at hand. We are familiar with hybrid animals like mule, offspring of a male donkey and a female horse but in this article I'm going to describe about some of the most weird and truly unique half-breeds which you would have never heard before. Most of these hybrids are not a result of natural mating but are the result of human intervention.
The Liger is a hybrid cross between a male lion and a female tiger. Both, the lion and the tiger belongs to the same Panthera genus but of different species. If you have the misconception that tigers are the biggest cats then now is the time to face the fact. Ligers are the largest of all known felines. Male Ligers reach a total length of 3 to 3.5 m. Ligers enjoy swimming like tigers, and they are also very sociable like lions. Hercules, a liger who is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest living cat on Earth weighs over 410 kg. Hercules can be found in captivity at Jungle Island, an interactive animal theme park in Miami. Ligers are kept in captivity because their territories don't overlap. If the beauty of liger has aroused your imaginations then you will also like a "tigon", a hybrid cross between a male tiger and a female lion.
A zebroid is the generic name for all zebra hybrids. These hybrids are a result of cross between a zebra and any other equine animals like horses, donkeys, and ponies. So, there are zorses, zonkeys, and zonies. In most cases, the sire is a zebra stallion. A zorse is the offspring of a male zebra and a female horse. A zonkey is a cross between a zebra and a donkey. A zony is the offspring of a zebra stallion and a pony mare. We know that chromosomes play an important part in mating but zebroids are an interesting example of hybrids bred from species that have a radically different number of chromosomes. For example, a donkey has 62 chromosomes, the zebra has between 32 and 46 depending on species and horses have 64 chromosomes but in spite of all this differences, nature finds a way. Zebroids physically resemble their non zebra parent, but are striped like a zebra. These stripes are usually confined to the feet and legs or spread onto parts of the body or neck.
What thoughts sprout into your mind when you hear this name? Yes, a wholphin is a hybrid cross between a whale and a dolphin. A wholphin is an extremely rare hybrid born from a mating of a female bottlenose dolphin with a male false killer whale. Yes, we all know that a whale is huge compared to a dolphin but false killer whale is not a whale, but a very large breed of dolphin. Wholphins have been reported to exist in the wild but currently there are only two wholphins in captivity at Sea Life Park in Hawaii. Kekaimalu, the first wholphin at Sea Life Park and her third and only surviving daughter Kawili Kai. Both these wholphins remain in captivity, and are now part of the normal tour at Sea Life Park.
"Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are God. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realise that, if you provide them with food and water and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are God."
We all love cats because they are the most practical creatures. The Savannah is a domestic hybrid cat breed. It is a cross between a serval and a domestic cat. They are much more social than typical domestic cats and if you have any suspicions regarding the loyalty of your domestic cat, then you should immediately dump it and opt for a Savannah because they are often compared to dogs in their loyalty. In May 2001, the International Cat Association accepted Savannah as a championship breed. They are tall and slim and are the largest breed of domesticated cats. The overall look of an individual Savannah depends greatly on generation. Due to their "wild" physical appearance savannahs are often considered a miniature version of a cheetah. The most important feature of savannahs are that they can be trained to walk on a leash and even taught to play fetch.
A cama is a hybrid between a male Dromedary camel and a female llama. The parents of camas are from two different worlds, camels from Asia, and llamas from South America. Camels and llamas are both camelids but the huge difference in sizes between these two animals doesn't allow natural breeding. So, camas are born via artificial insemination at the Camel Reproduction Centre in Dubai. So what is the purpose of this hybrid breed? This breed was created with the purpose of creating an animal capable of higher wool production than the llama, with the size and strength of a camel and a cooperative temperament. The first cama was born on January 14, 1998. Camas are humpless and have the long fluffy coat of a llama. Much like the camel, the cama is a herbivore that eats shrubs and other plant matter.