20 Bizarre Hybrid Animals That Actually Exist!
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20 Bizarre Hybrid Animals That Actually Exist!
Ah hybrids, we simply can’t get enough of them. May because there’s something indescribably
attractive about two different animals having a baby. In animal hybrids are fascinating creatures, often
even more interesting that their parents.
Normally, hybrids are a product of two different animals, but believe it or not, I’ve found the very first
ever plant-animal hybrid. It’s real and I’m not kidding. Stick with me till the end of the video to learn
more about it. Here are 20 Bizarre Hybrid Animals That Actually Exist!
20. The Liger
Let’s start this video off with the more obvious ones, but I promise we’ll get to the more obscure ones as
we go along.
The liger is a hybrid between a male lion and a female tiger, and is the largest feline alive today –
weighing up to 925 pounds. They have delicate striped patterns on tan-colored fur that gradually fade
away in different patches. Ligers are not known to exist in the wild which is pretty much expected as
lions’ and tigers’ habitats don’t overlap, only being seen in captivity where they have been selectively
19. The Tigon
A tigon has the same parents as a liger, but with the parents’ genders flipped around – a male tiger and
a female lion. The tigon body is a light tan with stripes and a white underbelly, and a large maned and
spotted head. Like ligers, tigons only exist in captivity as part of breeding programs as they are usually
sterile, although there have been a number of tigons that can mate.
18. The Jaglion
Jaglions, also called jaguons, are hybrid animals that resulted in the mating of a male jaguar and a
lioness. They are extremely rare hybrid animals, but one of the few that can occur naturally in the wild.
For the longest time, the only known specimen was that of a mounted one that is currently on display at
the Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum in Hertfordshire, England. It’s an amazing specimen, having
the overall color of a lion but also possessing a leopard’s distinct rosettes or spots.
However, all that changed when on April 9, 2006, two jaglions were born at Bear Creek Wildlife
Sanctuary in Ontario, Canada. Jahzara and Tsunami were the result of an unintended mating between a
black jaguar called Diablo and a lioness called Lola, which had been hand-raised together and were
Tsunami is spotted, but Jahzara is a melanistic jaglion due to inheriting the jaguar's dominant melanism
gene. It was not previously known how the jaguar's dominant melanism gene would interact with lion
17. The Leopon
The leopon is a very rare hybrid of a male leopard and a lioness that’s only ever been produced in
captivity. The leopon has stunning looks – much like a mythical beast, with the head of a lion and the
body of a leopard. The first leopon was created in India in 1910, and over a century later there are
believed to be only around 100 in the world today.
16. The Savanna Cat
Savanna cats are the offspring of a domestic cat and a serval – a medium-sized African wild cat. These
stunning hybrid cats tend to be more social than domestic cats, and are often described as dog-like.
The savanna cat enjoys playing fetch, has no fear of water, and is happy walking on leashes. They also
have their serval heritage intact, with the ability to jump 3 meters high straight off the ground.
15. The Toyger
Toygers are a designer cat breed, bred from Bengal and tabby cats to create a wild tiger-like look on a
completely domesticated cat. The animal was initially bred by Judy Sugden in 1980 to help prevent the
extinction of wild cats by enticing big cat lovers to this smaller, lookalike hybrid cat. They have dark
markings on a bright orange background on top and a white underside, and a larger and longer body
than typical domestic cats to better sport their tiger-style vertical striping.
14. The Cheetoh
The cheetoh was first bred as recently as 2001 by a breeder hoping to create a new feline displaying the
physical characteristics of a wild cat with the gentleness of a domestic cat. They succeeded, and the
cheetah has a stunning, soft coat that makes it look a little like a miniature leopard or cheetah, with
small rosettes or spots in a range of brown, gold, and cinnamon colors. Cheetohs are one of the largest
breeds of all domestic cats, but still very rare hybrids.