A species is designated as ‘a group of living organisms consisting of similar individuals capable of exchanging genes or interbreeding.’ Now there may be varying organisms within that species but in general they can all exchange genetic information with each other.
However, there are some animals that can pass on their genes with other members of a different species. This in turn creates some sort of a hybrid animal. Genetic hybrids in the animal world exist when animals of differing species create offspring together. There are a long list of hybrids from various animal families, including: felid hybrids, equid hybrids, cetacean hybrids. The reason that a lot of people aren’t aware of the more obscure animal hybrids is because they tend to be infertile. For instance, if a lion and a tiger were to mate and have an offspring, the chances are more than likely that the offspring will not be able to produce their own children. Furthermore, it is quite uncommon to see animals of different species co-existing let alone procreating. However, that doesn’t mean some strange hybrid animals don’t exist. Here are 16 hybrid animals that you probably didn’t know existed.
- Beefalo or cattalo are the cross between buffalo and cows. Accidental crosses were noticed as long ago as 1749, but the breed was created to combine the characteristics of both animals for beef production. These beasts are wreaking havoc around the Grand Canyon since they consume 10 gallons of water, defecate at the watering holes and also eat the fields bare.