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Crossbreeding refers to creating a hybrid animal from two purebred animals. An ancient form of crossbreeding is the mule. A mule is a crossbreed animal that is created from a female horse and a male donkey. A crossbreed is a man made invention and is therefore not created through natural breeding. Most crossbreeds can be found in captivity.

There are a number of animals that are the result of crossbreeding. Many of these animals have been exhibited in zoos or in circuses.

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A zorse is a crossbreed between a horse and a zebra. A zonkey is a crossbreed between a donkey and a zebra. A zony is a crossbreed between a pony and a zebra. Zebroids are good for riding but are sometimes difficult to handle.

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The leopon

Leopon is another example of crossbreeding. It is a cross between a male leopard and a female lion. A leopon's head looks like a lion, but the rest of its body looks like a leopard. Leopons are larger than leopards. They are climbers who enjoy water.


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Wolphin

A wolphin is a rare hybrid formed from a cross between a bottlenose dolphin and a false killer whale. There are currently only two in captivity at the Sea Life Park in Hawaii. A wolphin’s size, colour and shape are intermediate between the parent species. The first captive wolphin was Kekaimalu, which shows mixed heritage even in its teeth: bottlenose dolphins have 88, false killer whales have 44 and Kekaimalu has 66!


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Liger/Tigon

Ligers are crossbreeds between a male lion while Tigons are crossbreds between a male tiger and a female lion. Ligers are the world’s largest cats. Tigons on the other hand, are prone towards dwarfism and are usually smaller than either of their parents. Male Ligers/Tigons are sterile while the females are often fertile.

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Cama

A Cama is a hybrid between a camel and a llama. They are born via artificial insemination
due to the huge difference in sizes of the animals which disallow natural breeding. A Cama usually has the short ears and long tails of a camel but the cloven hooves of a llama. Also most noticeably is the absence of the hump.



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Savannah

The Savannah Cat is created by breeding an African Wild Cat, called a Serval and a domestic cat, usually an exotic looking domestic cat such as a Bengal, Oriental Shorthair, Egyptian Mau, or a Serengeti's. The offspring created by this combination are large domestic.






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Wolf Dog

Dogs and wolves tend to crossbreed rather freely. The wolf is a shy animal depending on nuances in body language, facial expression and on hunting skills to survive. Their jaws are much stronger than those of a dog and are often used to exert dominance. For a dog wolf hybrid, it is not known when it will display a wolf behaviour or dog behaviour or something in between. Obedience training is a must in order to tame the animal.



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Grolar, Pizzly

A grolar/pizzly hybrid is the product of a grizzly bear and a polar bear. Although the two bears are genetically similar, they tend to avoid each other in the wild. During 16 April 2006, a hybrid bear was shot dead by Jim Martell,a hunter from the United States, in Canada. It was the first time a hybrid was found in the wild where previous records of grolars or pizzlies have only been found in zoos.


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Geep

A sheep-goat chimera (sometimes called a geep in popular media) is a chimera produced by combining the embryos of a goat and a sheep; the resulting animal has cells of both sheep and goat origin. A sheep-goat chimera should not be confused with a sheep-goat hybrid, which can result when a goat mates with a sheep.

The first sheep-goat chimera was bred in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada by W.H. Dixon. It was artificially inseminated into 3 goats and 3 sheep in the year 1982.[1] Researchers fused a sheep embryo with a goat embryo. The resulting creature was a mosaic of goat and sheep tissue. Those parts which grew from the sheep embryo were woolly. Those which grew from the goat embryo were hairy.

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Featherless Chickens

Scientists at the genetics faculty at the Rehovot Agronomy Institute near Tel Aviv, Israel have created a mostly featherless chicken by cross breeding a broiler (which are the big, meaty ones) with a species that has a featherless neck. The idea behind the de-velopment of this ugly thang is that it will create a more 'convenient' and energy efficient chicken which can live in warm countries where feathered chickens don't do well and cooling systems are too expensive to be commonly affordable.



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Beefalo

Beefalo are a fertile hybrid offspring of domestic cattle, Bos taurus, and the American Bison, Bison bison (generally called buffalo in the US). The breed was created to combine the best characteristics of both animals with a view towards beef production.

The term Cattalo is defined by United States law as a cross of bison and cattle which have a bison appearance; however, in Canada, cattalo is used for hybrids of all degrees and appearance. In the U.S., Cattalo are regulated as "exotic animals" along with pure bison, elk, and deer. Beefalo are primarily cattle in genetics and appearance with the breed association defining a full Beefalo as one with three eighths (37.5%) bison genetics while they call animals with higher percentages of bison genetics as "bison hybrids".



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Hybrid Pheasant
The Golden Phesant has commonly been crossed with the similar Lady Amherst’s Pheasant. The result is a hybrid with distinguished colors from its parents.


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Pig Sheep Crossbreed .


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The leopon

Leopon is another example of crossbreeding. It is a cross between a male leopard and a female lion. A leopon's head looks like a lion, but the rest of its body looks like a leopard. Leopons are larger than leopards. They are climbers who enjoy water.




That's awesome! I've never seen one in my whole life until now! Kewl pics too! ^^
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woah. i've never thought hybrids as a cool thing. xD
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