Hybrid animals are the result of two different species cross-breeding and having young. Hybrid animals, due to the varying genetics they received from their parents, usually have an array of maladies ranging from deficiencies to infertility. Wild hybrid animals are rare, usually due to geography. Nov 26
Scientists said on Tuesday that they had discovered the world's first hybrid sharks in Australian waters, a potential sign the predators were adapting to cope with climate change. The mating of the local Australian black-tip shark with its global counterpart, the common black-tip, was an unprecedented discovery with implications for the entire shark world, said lead researcher Jess Morgan. "It's very surprising because no one's ever seen shark hybrids before, this is not a common occurrence by any stretch of the imagination," Morgan, from the University of Queensland, told AFP.
The Asian elephant Elephas maximus and the African elephant, Loxodonta africana are not only regarded as different species, but also belonging to different genus. Crossbreeds between two individuals, belonging to the same genus, but different species, are in most cases sterile, like the the mule, while a crossbreed between to genus was regarded as impossible - but it had never been tried, because of the natural geographical distribution of the two species in the wild. However, in captive situations, an artificial environment is created, in which the two species interact. So, in 1978 in Chester Zoo, England, when the Asian elephant cow "Sheba" gave birth to a calf with an African elephant bull "Jumbolino" as father, scientists became puzzled. The staff had observed several matings between the elephants, but since a cross was thought to be impossible, none expected a delivery.
Savannah Cat The unusual long-eared creature you are looking at is in fact a hybrid species of cat.
Sheep-goat hybrid Oreo and his mum at a NSW children's daycare centre.
A Dzo Carrying Our Gear One of the things that makes a trek a lot more enjoyable than do-it-yourself camping is that you don't have to carry your gear. It is carried by dzos (a cross between a cow and a yak). These hardy animals can stand both the cold and the altitude, characteristics they get from yaks, but are more docile, like cows. The other aspects of trekking that make it more fun than do-it-yourself camping are that the porters and camp attendants set up and take down the tents and cook the meals.
A mule is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse . [ 1 ] Horses and donkeys are different species, with different numbers of chromosomes . Of the two F1 hybrids between these two species, a mule is easier to obtain than a hinny (the offspring of a male horse and a female donkey). While there is no known instance of a male mule siring offspring, female mules have on very rare occasion given birth to viable offspring. The size of a mule and work to which it is put depends largely on the breeding of the mule's dam . Mules can be lightweight, medium weight, or even, when produced from draught horse mares , of moderately heavy weight. [ 2 ] It has been claimed that mules are "more patient, sure-footed, hardy and long-lived than horses, and they are considered less obstinate, faster, and more intelligent than donkeys." [ 3 ]
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