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HYBRID ANIMALS are the result of two different species cross-breeding. Hybrid animals, due to the varying genetics they received from their parents, usually have some degree of health defects, such as infertility.

Wild hybrid animals are rare, in most cases due to geography. Tigons, Ligers & Other Mixes. World's first hybrid shark found off Australia. "Telling the hybrids is extremely difficult, which is why it has never been done before," he told ABC Radio.

World's first hybrid shark found off Australia

"It came very much out of leftfield. We didn't think it was a possibility, but lo and behold there it was. " Dr Simfendorfer said hybrids are often sterile but there is evidence the new sharks have been breeding both with each other and with members of the separate black-tip species. Surprisingly, he said, the hybrids are not the average size of the two interbred species but tend to be roughly the same length as one species or the other.

A Queensland marine scientist, Dr Jennifer Ovenden, said the sharks may be adapting to changes in the environment and other closely related sharks and rays may also be interbreeding. "Wild hybrids are usually hard to find, so detecting hybrids and their offspring is extraordinary," she said. "Hybridisation could enable the sharks to adapt to environmental change as the smaller Australian black tip currently favours tropical waters in the north. Motty. Motty (11 July 1978, Chester Zoo, Cheshire – 21 July 1978, Chester Zoo, Cheshire) was the only proven hybrid between an Asian and an African elephant.


He was named after George Mottershead, who founded the Chester Zoo in 1931. The male calf was born on 11 July 1978 in Chester Zoo, to Asian mother Sheba and African father Jumbolino.[1] Appearance[edit] The calf's cheek, ears (long with pointed lobes) and legs (longer and slimmer) were of the African type, while nail numbers (5 front, 4 hind) and the single trunk finger were Asian. The wrinkled trunk was like an African elephant. Cause of death[edit] Despite intensive human care, Motty died of an umbilical infection[2] 10 days after his birth on 21 July. Other hybrids[edit] There are unconfirmed rumours of three other hybrid elephants born in zoos or circuses; all are said to have been deformed and did not survive. Motty, the only proven African / Asian elephant hybrid. Geep = Goat + Sheep. Sheep-goat hybrid Oreo and his mum at a NSW children's daycare centre.

Geep = Goat + Sheep

Picture: Gary Graham Source: The Daily Telegraph HALF sheep, half goat? You've got to be kidding. That is what farmer Terry Crompton thought when he discovered his ewe had just given birth to a hybrid. While it sounds bizarre, the genetic fluke is officially known as a "geep". "One of the boys told me the lamb had arrived," Mr Crompton said. "It was dark, and I went into the paddock looking for her mother and she had this little black and white bundle. "We don't get black and white lambs, and as soon as I felt it I knew it didn't have wool, it had hair. "I said its father must be a goat. " Proving to be more than just the black sheep of the family, the geep, named Oreo, was born to a sheep but is a genetic throwback from its father - a ram with goat genes. Oreo runs like a goat and has a goat's face and feet but a sheep's build.

Follyfoot supervisor Tracey Yoemans said Oreo's remarkable birth took everyone by surprise. Dzo = Yak + Domestic Cow. Cats 101: Bengal (Asian Leopard Cat + Domestic Shorthair) Humanzee. The portmanteau word humanzee for a human–chimpanzee hybrid appears to have entered usage in the 1980s.[1] Feasibility[edit] The possibility of human–ape hybrids has been entertained since at least the medieval period; Peter Damian (11th century) claimed to have been shown the monstrous offspring of a human woman who had mated with an ape.[2] Linnaeus (1758) used Homo troglodytes as the taxonomical name for a hypothetical human and orangutan hybrid.[3] Chimpanzees and humans are closely related (sharing 95% of their DNA sequence and 99% of coding DNA sequences[4]), leading to contested speculation that a hybrid is possible.


All great apes have similar genetic structure. Chromosomes 6, 13, 19, 21, 22, and X are structurally the same in all great apes. In 1977, researcher J. Reports on attempted or successful hybridization[edit] Evidence for early hominin hybridization[edit] There is evidence for a complex speciation process for the Pan–Homo split.