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IN Animals ON 22 May, 2015
It may seem like these hybrid animals do not exist. But, they really do. They are obtained by mating related species but from the same genus. They also share the traits from the parent species. Check out some rare hybrids of the world.
Parents: Male lion & Female tiger
The ligers enjoy the best of both worlds:
1. They possess the best qualities of a lion as well as a tiger.
2. Also, they like to be in the water, which is a trait of the tiger and they are very social, just like any other lion.
The ligers usually have a birth defect and die young. There are many risks involved during the mating process such as-
* The baby cats are usually bigger than the parents.
* The birth-giving process is difficult and it might kill the tigress.
The breeders are carrying out this unusual process because the ligers are not protected by the Endangered Species Act.
Parents: Female common bottlenose dolphin & Male false killer whale
They are extremely rare to find and are the cutest hybrid creatures. Also, the false killer whale is actually a large breed of dolphin. The wolphins are known to exist in the wild. But, t There are only a few wolphins that are born in captivity, so the information regarding these species are unknown. The first recorded wolphin was born in Tokyo SeaWorld, but she died after 200 days.
Currently, the adorable dolphins Kekaimalu and her daughter Kawili Kai reside in the Sea Life Park, Hawaii.
* The wolphins are dark gray in color. The black color of the killer whale and the light gray of the bottle-nose results into the required color creation of wolphins.
* They have 66 teeth.
* They grow very quickly in terms of their size.
* For the wolphins that are captives, they are believed to eat frozen fish such as herring and capelin. And, they feed on their mother's milk too; in this case - Kawili Kai feeds on her mother's milk.
* They were initially believed to be infertile due to hybridization, but Kekaimalu proved it wrong by giving birth at a very young age.
Parents: Midas cichlid & The redhead cichlid
* The creation of this fish came around 1986 in Taiwan.
* It has a very small mouth which makes it difficult to feed.
* Controversy exists over breeding the fish due to the deformities in its mouth. Its mouth has a narrow opening and the fish is unable to eat properly resulting into mal-nourishment.
* It is usually orange in color but fishes with red and yellow color also exist.
* The female blood parrots are fertile but the male ones are hardly fertile. But, there have been cases of successful hybridization too.
Parents: Male donkey (jack) & Female horse (mare)
* The weight of the mules vary a lot.
* They are considered to be faster, less obstinate and more intelligent than donkeys.
* They live longer than horses.
* They are sure-footed and are very useful for farm activities.
* The only drawback is that they cannot further produce any offspring.
Parents: Zebra & Other equine
* The zebroid contains zorses, zonies, zonkies and a lot more are yet to come.
*The zorses look so pretty and they possess the qualities of both zebras and horses.
* The zebra donkeys (Zonkies) are very rare to find.
* Like mules, the zebroids also hard to breed due to odd number of chromosomes.
These creatures are fascinating.
Parents: African Serval & Domestic cat
If you are looking for one, here is the thing you should know: They are extremely difficult to breed.
* The Savannahs are the tallest cats in the world.
* They are high-jumpers.
* They have a slim body and big ears.
* They are extremely adorable and are very intelligent.
* They come in all colors depending upon the color of the domestic cat.
* They look like a mini-version of a cheetah.
* They make a perfect pet as they also possess some qualities alike the dogs, that is, they are very loyal.
Parents: Male dromedary camel & Female llama
* The camas have been obtained with the help of artificial insemination in Dubai.
The camas were being bred keeping the aim that:
1. They will have the size and strength of a camel.
2. They would produce more wool than llamas.
3. They would have a better temperament.
What actually happened was that the camas were found to have a very bad temperament just like their camel parent.
* They are herbivores just like camels and can store water for a long duration.
Parents: Grizzly bear & Polar bear
* They occur both in the wild as well as in captivity.
* They are a fertile hybrid.
* Due to melting polar ice caps, more and more polar bears are coming to in close proximity to the grizzly bears.
Parents: Coyotes & Wolf Hybrid
* The howls of these hybrids are like wolfs in the beginning but change into a high-pitched yipping like the coyotes.
* The eastern wolf-coyote hybrids are more cooperative than pure coyotes.
* These coyotes are less aggressive as compared to the pure coyotes.
* They reach sexual maturity when they are two years of age.
Parents: African honey bee & Various European honey bees
They came into existence when a beekeeper accidentally released 26 Tanzanian queen bees in between the rest of the bee hives, on a farm in South Eastern Brazil. Since then, they have multiplied into huge numbers.
* They are very aggressive, hence the name 'killer bees.'
* They move in swarms and are known to cover long distances.
* If they are threatened, they begin to attack.
* They ruthlessly sting any threat to death.
Parents: Sheep & Goat
* The offspring of a sheep-goat is generally stillborn.
* They are very rare. * A geep's tail extends horizontally from the base of the spine combining the characteristics of a sheep's and goat's tail.