Liger? Grolar Bear? Beefalo? These are in fact animals. However, these animals are called hybrids or crossbreeds. My dog is a crossbreed (a mix between a Bichon Frise and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel), so I began wondering if there were crossbreed-able animals other than dogs.
As I researched, I found out that there were many different kinds. After I narrowed it down to a list, I decided to write a casual article of my favorites.
Geep (Goat / Sheep)
A geep is the hybrid of a sheep and a goat. Although sheep and goats seem similar, sheep have 54 chromosomes, while goats have 60 chromosomes. The offspring usually dies before it is born.
Cama (Camel / Llama)
The first Cama was born on January 14, 1998. The goal was to create an animal that could create more wool than the llama. Most Camas are bred artificially.
Wolf Dog (Wolf / Domestic Dog)
Wolf dogs are a variety of different combinations between wolves and domestic dogs.
Iron Age Pig (Wild Boar / Pig)
This crossbreed was first bred in the 1980s by crossing a wild boar and a domestic pig. The meat is used mostly in Europe. The Iron Age Pig was bred naturally in Australia.
Yakalo (Yak / Buffalo)
Yakalos exclusively live in Alberta, and they were first bred in 1926.
Beefalo (Buffalo / Cow)
When I first read this name, I thought it was hilarious. However, the name does have a meaning to it. Supposedly, the meat is very tender because it won the American Royal Steak Competition two years in a row.
Africanized Honey Bees (African Honey Bee / Western Honey Bee)
These bees are known as “killer bees,” and when I read this, I immediately thought of tracker jackers from The Hunger Games. In 1957, 26 swarms of these bees escaped from Brazil and began breeding throughout the Americas. These bees attack relentlessly and in large groups. They are much more defensive than the Western honey bee.
Pumapard (Puma / Leopard)
The pumapard is a very rare crossbreed that grows to be half the size of its parents. It was first bred in the late 1890s.
Wholphin (Bottlenose Dolphin / False Killer Whale)
The first calf was born in 2005 and grew much faster than normal dolphins.
Pheasant Hybrid (Pheasant / Other Game Birds)
I think these birds look like glass sculptures.
Zonkey (Donkey / Zebra)
Zebras and donkeys have a different number of chromosomes, which makes the offsprings usually not able to have children.
Leopon (Leopard / Lion)
The first leopon was bred in 1910 and new ones are being bred in zoos today. This species is unlikely to occur in the wild.
Liger (Lion / Tiger)
Ligers grow to be bigger than either parent, but most die prematurely. The first liger was born in 1825. Ligers are the largest cat in the world. Males can be up to 11.8 feet.
Grolar Bear (Grizzly Bear / Polar Bear)
This crossbreed can breed naturally and in captivity.
Yes, this is real. At first, I thought it was photoshopped. This zorse’s name is Eclyse. Her father is a zebra and her mother is a horse. She lives at the Schloss Holte Stukenbrock safari park.
Jaglion (Jaguar / Lion)
Here is my favorite crossbreed. The ominous eyes, cool coat, and giant figure. Two jaglions were born on April 9, 2006.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed it. Please comment with your favorite crossbreed!