Have you ever wondered what would happen if you mixed two different animals together? Well, some scientists have done more than wonder. They have actually created hybrid animals by combining the genes or cells of different species. Some of these hybrids are natural, while others are artificial.
What is a hybrid animal? What are the different types of hybrid animals? Are they creatures that only exist in fables and myths? No! In fact, many crossbred animals are real!
Hybrid animals are usually the reproductive result of intercourse between two similar animals, like lions and tigers. Lab hybrid animals also exist. Scientists call the process “somatic hybridization,” and it allows them to manipulate genes to create new species with useful traits from both parents.
Some of them are useful, while others are controversial. Some of them are cute, while others are scary. In this article, we will show you 20 hybrid animals created by scientists you won’t believe exist. Continue to the next page to check them out!
Hybrid animals are not as common as purebred animals. While it is rare, it does occur naturally in the wild. A hybrid animal is the result of breeding between two different species or subspecies of animals.
Some examples of hybrid animals include the mule (a cross between a horse and a donkey), the liger (a cross between a lion and a tiger), and the wholphin (a cross between a common bottlenose dolphin and a false killer whale). Hybrid animals can also be created in captivity, by zoos and breeding facilities, for conservation and preservation purposes.