Legend is full of strange, hybrid creatures, and Photoshoppers have dedicated countless hours to creating new ones. But this list contains no Photoshopped images: all of these animals are real! You’ve all heard of the liger, but what about the narluga? Or the leopon?
This list of REAL hybrid animals will surprise and amaze you. What does the future hold, with advances in genetic engineering and cloning? Only time will tell! Keep reading to find out more about these strange creatures.
Liger ( Male Lion + Female Tiger)
Although there are rumors of wild Ligers, as far as we know, they exist only in captivity where they are deliberately bred. They grow to be very large very quickly, and are the biggest cats in the world. Hercules, the largest non-obese liger, is the largest living cat on Earth, weighing over 410 kg (904 lb).
Tigon (Male Tiger + Female Lion)
How far can you go? Did you know that Ligers and Tigons also reproduce? We’ll leave it up to you to figure out what their offspring are called!
Zonkey (Zebra + Donkey)
A variation of the aforementioned zebroid.
Jaglion (Male Jaguar + Female Lion)
A rare combination. These photos are of Jahzara and Tsunami, born at Ontario, Canada’s, Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary.
Geep (Goat + Sheep)
Another rare animal, as the offspring of goat and sheep pairings are usually stillborn.
Grolar Bear (Polar Bear + Brown Bear)
Also called “pizzly bears,” most grolar bears live in zoos, although there have been a few confirmed sightings in the wild.
Coywolf (Coyote +Wolf)
Coyotes and eastern wolves only diverged some 150-300,000 years ago, and the two are able to produce offspring. The resulting Coywolves share many behavioral characteristics, and are between the coyote and wolf in size.
Zebroid (Zebra + Any Other Equine)
Darwin was one of the first to mention the Zebroid, an unruly animal that is hard to tame, and is more aggressive than a horse.
Savannah Cat (Domestic Cat + Serval)
These beautiful creatures have been described as dog-like, enjoying games of fetch, wagging their tails, and having no fear of water. They are extremely expensive.
Wholphin (Male False Killer Whale + Female Bottlenose Dolphin)
False killer whales actually come from the same family as dolphins, but despite this, they are extremely rare. Only one wholphin exists in captivity.
Beefalo (Buffalo + Cow)
Also called “cattalo,” they’ve been around since 1800, and are heartier than cattle and do less ecological damage when grazing. Unfortunately, as a result of the breeding, it’s believed that only four wild buffalo herds exist that aren’t contaminated by cow genes.
Hinny (Female Donkey + Male Horse)
Slightly smaller than mules, they’re also much less common.
Narluga (Narwhal + Beluga)
Extremely rare, although there has recently been an increase in sighting in the North Atlantic.
Cama (Camel + Llama)
First produced at the Camel Reproduction Centre in Dubai in 1998 via artificial insemination, they were created for their fur and use of pack animals. Only 5 were ever made.
Dzo (Cow + Wild Yak)
Prized in Tibet and Mongolia for their meat and quantity of milk they produce, they are larger and stronger than both cows and yaks. As with the beefalo, however, it’s believed that both animal breeds in the region now have contaminated genes.
Leopon (Male Leopard + Female Lion)
These beautiful animals have only ever produced in captivity.
Mulard (Mallard + Muscovy Duck)
Bred for food, the mulard is unable to produce offspring.
Żubroń (Cow + European Bison)
Stronger and more resistant to disease, they were initially thought to be a possible replacement for cattle. Now, only a small herd exists in Bialowieski National Park in Poland.