The pictures that you will be viewing below are not photoshopped ones. Yes, hard as they might be for you to believe, these are actually hybrid animals. For those who may not know, hybrid animals are offsprings of two different animal species. Most hybrid animals are bred in captivity. However, there have been several instances of hybrid animals occurring naturally in the wild. Over the last several decades, scientists the world over have attempted to create varied species of hybrid animals in captivity for different reasons. Some of those experiments have worked while some haven’t.
Several hybrid animals have, in the past many years, caught the eye of the public; for their unique looks and mannerisms. Here, we have listed five hybrid animals which will truly amaze you.
Liger (Male Lion + Female Tiger): As the name suggests, this species is a mix of two of the greatest predators of the wild: a lion and a tiger. There are rumors that some ligers can be found in the wild as well. However, as of yet, there has been no evidence for this. Ligers are bred in captivity and it is assumed that they would find it difficult to survive in the wild for obvious reasons. These animals have muted spots from its lion parent and stripes from its tiger parent; they are usually tawny-orange in color. On an average, a liger weighs about 1000 pounds and depending on the hybrid offspring it has traits of both a lion and a tiger.
Tigon (Male Tiger + Female Lion): Compared to the liger, it is very complicated to breed a tigon, which, as the name would suggest, is a hybrid of a tiger and a lion. They are hence very, very rare and can only be found in some selective zoo facilities and animal care centers. A tigon is also smaller in size to a liger and has varying stripes and spots. Interestingly, when it roars, a tigon is able to produce the sound of both a lion and a tiger.
Zebroid: An offspring of a cross between a zebra and any other equine (a horse or other member of the horse family), a zebroid is a remarkable species and fascinating to look at. Although they are mostly bred in captivity, zebroids can also occur naturally in areas where zebras and other equines are close in proximity to each other.
Grolar Bear: No, they are not the fuzzy and cute bears you might be imagining them to be and you certainly wouldn’t want to come across one in the wild. Grolar bears, also known as Pizzly, are a hybrid of a grizzly and a polar bear and have some typical hunting characteristics of polar bears; they are much weaker swimmers than polar bears though. These animals are known to occur in the wild and there have been many sightings of grolar bears over the years. Experts are of the opinion that grolar bears are occurring naturally because of global warming and because polar bears are being forced out of their natural habitat.
Cama: A very interesting hybrid between a camel and a llama, the cama was first produced at the Camel Reproduction Centre in Dubai in 1998 via artificial insemination. They were created primarily for their fur and as a use of pack animals. The first such process did not turn out to be much of a success and scientists are still studying the behaviour of camas. It is, however, known that camas tend to exhibit the temperament of a camel but are genuinely attracted to female llamas.