The zonkey is a ridiculously cute combination of a donkey and a zebra with the best name for a silly animal.They are just one example of a surprisingly common type of hybrid, the “zebroids.” Zebroids include zonkeys, zorses, and the rare zony. (Zebras get around, apparently!) Zonkeys almost always have a zebra father and donkey mother, and the resulting animals are usually sterile if they are male. This means that they can’t have families of their own and form a new species and, instead, they remain a rare hybrid.
A Geep or Shoat is the hybrid between a Sheep and a Goat. While Sheep and Goats may seem similar, they belong to different genera in the Bovidae family. That’s why mating the two often results in a stillborn offspring and hybrids are very rare.
A Leopon is a hybrid between a male Leopard and a Lioness. They are larger than Leopards, but have a Lion’s head, and a Leopard’s body. The first documented Leopon was bred at Kolhapur, India in 1910.
Leopons have been bred in zoos across Japan, Germany, and Italy. The most successful program was at Koshien Hanshin Park in Nishinomiya City, Japan where a Lioness called Sonoko was mated to a Leopard called Kaneo. Two Leopons were born in 1959, and 3 more in 1962. They were sterile. However, later leopons have mated successfully. This cross-breeding was popular with the public, but was widely criticized in zoological and animal welfare circles.(source)
A wholphin or wolphin is an extremely rare hybrid born from a mating of a female common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) with a male false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens). The name implies a hybrid of whale and dolphin.The first recorded wholphin was born in a Tokyo SeaWorld, but he died after 200 days.(source)
A Jaglion is what you get when you mate a male Jaguar and a female Lion. They are extremely rare as they can’t survive in the wild as very few of their males are fertile.
Two Jaglions were born in Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary unintentionally on 9th April, 2006 as the Jaguar called Diablo and the lioness Lola mated. Lola gave birth to Jahzara and Tsunami. The female Tsunami has spots, but Jahzara inherited his dad’s dominant melanism gene.(source)
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