Geep = Goat + Sheep Sheep-goat hybrid Oreo and his mum at a NSW children's daycare centre. Picture: Gary Graham Source: The Daily Telegraph HALF sheep, half goat? 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 and her mother, Floss, are among a menagerie of animals on loan to Follyfoot Farm, a pre-school and long day care centre at Fountaindale in New South Wales, from nearby farms. Oreo runs like a goat and has a goat's face and feet but a sheep's build.
Lion hybrids The lion (Panthera leo) is one of the four big cats in the genus Panthera and a member of the family Felidae. With some males exceeding 250 kg (550 lb) in weight, it is the second-largest living cat after the tiger. Wild lions currently exist in sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia (where an endangered remnant population resides in Gir Forest National Park in India) while other types of lions have disappeared from North Africa and Southwest Asia in historic times. Until the late Pleistocene, about 10,000 years ago, the lion was the most widespread large land mammal after humans. Lions live for 10–14 years in the wild, while in captivity they can live longer than 20 years. Highly distinctive, the male lion is easily recognised by its mane, and its face is one of the most widely recognised animal symbols in human culture. Etymology Taxonomy and evolution The lion's closest relatives are the other species of the genus Panthera: the tiger, the jaguar, and the leopard. Subspecies Recent Dubious
Ippo the Zonkey! Ippo the 4-month old zonkey is half zebra, half donkey and pretty damn cute. Her father, Martin the donkey, escaped into the donkey area of an Italian animal reserve, mated with Giada the zebra and 12 months later, Ippo was born. I really love the photo of little Ippo jumping about. The zonkey is a rare breed of animal that usually isn’t able to re-produce because of chromosomal problems. Via
Meet the liger - half lion, half tiger Four-week-old liger, Aries, poses on big brother Hercules and trainer Moksha Bybee. Picture: Snapper Media Cub Aries gets ahead of the pack. Picture: Snapper Media A SAFARI wildlife reserve in the US has unveiled the world's biggest hybrid cat - half lion, half tiger - called the Liger. Four-week-old Aries was presented to the world along with eight-year-old big brother, Hercules, at the Myrtle Beach Safari wildlife reserve in South Carolina. A cross between a male lion and a female tigress, the two posed for pictures with Aries resting on his sibling’s huge shoulders. Aries is expected to pile on 0.45kg per day and will be 165kg by his first birthday. The liger project has been created by The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S.). “Generally lions and tigers don’t reproduce and the male lion breeding with a tiger has only happened three times,” Dr Bhagavan Antle, the institute’s director, told the UK’s Mail Online.
Humanzee The portmanteau word humanzee for a human–chimpanzee hybrid appears to have entered usage in the 1980s. Feasibility 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. Linnaeus (1758) used Homo troglodytes as the taxonomical name for a hypothetical human and orangutan hybrid. Chimpanzees and humans are closely related (sharing 95% of their DNA sequence and 99% of coding DNA sequences), 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 Evidence for early hominin hybridization There is evidence for a complex speciation process for the Pan–Homo split. In fiction See also
Liger Cub Makes Friends w/ Dolphins at Safari Park! How cute, this little liger cub actually makes some new best friends with 3 dolphins at the Safari park. Don’t they look cute together? Just imagine what they would make if they really became friends.. Ligerphins? Now that’s something I’d like to see! A liger cub enjoys an unlikely encounter with three dolphins in these amazing photos taken at a safari park.The six-week-old cat – the offspring of a male lion and a female tiger – and the trio of aquatic mammals were equally fascinated by each other.Nose to the glass at one point, the liger came face-to-face with the dolphins at Shenzhen Safari Park in Southern China, bordering Hong Kong. Via: dailymail Be Sociable, Share!
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. "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. 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. Asked whether there was any risk of a "mega-shark" developing, Dr Simfendorfer said: "We don't think there's any issue with that at all.
Pumapard Pumapard, c.1900 Pumapard, Rothschild Museum, Tring A pumapard is a hybrid of a puma and a leopard. Reported puma/leopard hybrids In the late 1890s/early 1900s, two hybrids were born in Chicago, USA, followed 2 years later by three sets of twin cubs born at a zoo in Hamburg, Germany from a puma father and leopard mother. Hagenbeck's puma/leopard hybrids may have been inspired by a pair of leopard x puma hybrid cubs born in Chicago on 24 April 1896 at Tattersalls indoor arena where Ringling Brothers Circus opened its season. A similar hybrid was reported by Helmut Hemmer. In The Field No 2887, April 25, 1908, Henry Scherren wrote "There was, and probably is now, in the Berlin Garden an Indian leopard and puma male hybrid, purchased of Carl Hagenbeck in 1898. According to Carl Hagenbeck (1951), a male puma and female leopard produced a hybrid male cub that was reared by a Fox Terrier bitch at Hagenbeck Tierpark, Hamburg (fostering being normal practice at this time). Appearance