When Worlds Collide: Hybrid animals


Did you know there are a multitude of hybrid animals. These animals are born of two different species, either by way of natural conception in the wild or by human interference. One example was blogged about by my good friend Horty (Dr Rex) on her blog right here http://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/zomg-what-the-heck-is-a-zonkey/

Besides the Zonky (which also can go by the name Zebroid

  • Zebroids
    • Zeedonk or Zonkey, a zebra/donkey cross.
    • Zorse, a zebra/horse cross
    • Zony or Zetland, a zebra/pony cross (“zony” is a generic term; “zetland” is specifically a hybrid of the Shetland pony breed with a zebra)

There are numerous hybrids, I will list a few

First there is the most well-known hybrid that I think many people don’t know it actually is a hybrid, I am talking about the Mule and Hinny

A Grey Mule

Hinny

 

mule is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse. 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). 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.

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.”

A female mule that has estrus cycles and thus, in theory, could carry a fetus, is called a “molly” or “Molly mule,” though the term is sometimes used to refer to female mules in general. Pregnancy is rare, but can occasionally occur naturally as well as through embryo transfer. One of several terms for a gelded mule is a “John mule.”

Geep

Geep / Gaapje (we Dutch use je behind a word to denounce something small or very young)

Scoat (?) / Scheitje

In English there seems no difference between a sheep/goat hybrid (mother/father) and a Goat/Sheep hybrid, well I couldn’t find it anyways. In Dutch however these are two different animals. The Dutch word for sheep is Schaap and the Dutch word for Goat is Geit. A Schaap/Geit Hybrid is called a Gaap and a Goat/Sheep hybrid is called a scheit. Fun fact. Gaap also means Yawn in Dutch and Scheit is also Dutch slang for poo. You can imagine the laughs we have talking about these animals. As you can hopefully see in the posted pictures they do have some differences

Wholphin

Wholphin

wholphin or wolphin is an extremely rare hybrid born from a mating of a femalebottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) with a male false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens). The name implies a hybrid of whale and dolphin, althoughtaxonomically, both are within the “oceanic dolphin” family, which is within the “toothed whale” suborder. The first recorded wholphin was born in a Tokyo SeaWorld, but he died after 200 days. The first wholphin in the United States and the first to survive was Kekaimalu, born at Sea Life Park in Hawaii on May 15, 1986; her name means “from the peaceful ocean”. Although they have been reported to exist in the wild, only one is currently in captivity, at Sea Life Park in Hawaii.

Kekaimalu proved fertile when she gave birth at a very young age. The calf died after a few days. However, in 1991, Kekaimalu gave birth once again, to daughter Pohaikealoha. For two years, she cared for the calf, but did not nurse it; it was hand-reared by trainers. Pohaikealoha died at age 9. On December 23, 2004, Kekaimalu had her third calf, daughter Kawili Kai, sired by a male bottlenose. This calf did nurse and was very playful. Only months after birth, it was the size of a one-year-old bottlenose dolphin. All three calves were three-quarters bottlenose dolphin and one-quarter false killer whale. Both Kekaimalu and Kawili Kai remain in captivity, and are now part of the normal tour at Sea Life Park.

In one episode of the show The Million Pound Drop Live, a team was asked which hybrid did not exist: a wholphin, a zorse, aliger, and a sheepig; they bet £550,000 on the wholphin and £150,000 on the sheepig. As the wholphin was real, they lost £550k of their money but later said that Mangalitsas are commonly referred to as sheepigs.

The other Mule

the other Mule

During the Victorian era, it was found that if a British finch, e.g. a Goldfinch, was crossed with a Canary, the result was an attractive looking, good singing bird. The resulting birds were sterile, but continue to be bred to this day under the name of Mules. Many clubs specialise in Mules.

Also around this time a few people began to experiment crossing British finches. The resulting birds, including Siskin x Goldfinch and even such beauties as Crossbill x Eurasian Bullfinch also remain to this day, often winning prizes at prestigious shows. The breeding of such hybrids can, however be notoriously difficult.[4] When writing about hybrid pairs, the cock always comes first, e.g. greenfinch x goldfinch is a greenfinch cock over a goldfinch hen.

Making Hybrid animals in a “lab” to me is clearly a case of Colliding Worlds. I don’t even want to talk about the Wolfdog hybrid. As a big fan of Wolves I dislike the wolfdog very much (not the actual animals, they can’t help it, those that thought they needed to make this hybrid though……well… let me just shut up)

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