Nowadays, thanks to the advance of biological technology, scientists are developing more and more hybrid animals, which are defined as the offspring resulting from cross-breeding of different animals. Let’s enjoy some photos of funny hybrid animals:
Cama, which was born in 1995, is the product of breeding a llama and a camel. Camas is characterized as being humpless and having the long fluffy coat of a llama. In addition, its ears are half way in length between camels and llamas, but they have the strong legs of a camel.
A cama and its parents (camel and llama)
A two-year old cama
A zorse is the result of crossbreeding a horse and a zebra. A zonkey is the result of crossbreeding a donkey with a zebra. The Zony is the result of crossbreeding a pony to a zebra. All these three are called zebroids, which are defined as a cross between a zebra and any other equine. Zebroids are also preferred over zebra for practical uses such as riding because of its body shape.
3. Hybrid Pheasant
The Golden Phesant has commonly been crossed with the similar Lady Amherst’s Pheasant. The result is a hybrid with distinguished colors from its parents.
A Golden Pheasant
A Lady Amherst Pheasant
Hybrid Pheasant displayed at Rothschild Museum Copyright Sarah Hartwell
The Leopon is the result of breeding a male leopard with a female lion. The head of the animal is similar to that of a lion while the rest of the body is similiar to leopards. The most successful breeding programme was at the Koshien Hanshin Park in Nishinomiya City, Japan. Leopons are also larger than leopards and likes to climb and enjoy water.
A leopon at a zoo
Ligers are crossbreeds between a male lion while Tigons are crossbreds between a male tiger and a female lion. Ligers are the world’s largest cats. On the other hand, Tigons are usually smaller than either of their parents. Male Ligers or Tigons are sterile while the females are often fertile.
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