While many know and understand the vast variety of animals all around the world, here are the top ten animal cross breeds that might surprise you.
Starting off the list of top ten animal crossbreeds:
Top Ten Animal Cross Breeds #10 – Wolphin
While most people love dolphins for their cute and fun loving nature, many would be surprised to find a dolphin mixed with a false killer whale. Known as the wolphin, it is a rare hybrid with only 2 existing in the world according to Urbantitian. While a false killer whale has 44 teeth and a dolphin has 88, the wolphin has 66. The first wolphin captured was named Kekaimalu and currently resides in Hawaii’s Sea Life Park.
Top Ten Animal Cross Breeds #9 – Geep
While not exactly a hybrid as this mixture of a goat and a sheep was developed by scientific means, the geep deserves some recognition as a cross breed. While developed for scientific purposes to see if combining the genes of the two different breeds could produce an entirely different one, the cute wooly goat or the hairy sheep developed healthy and furthered science and genetic understanding.
Top Ten Animal Cross Breeds #8 – Grizzly Polar
While both are bears, the grizzly bear and the polar bear are polar opposites in the animal world as grizzlies prefer land and polar bears thrive in the water. Yet, the two opposites meet when it comes to the grizzly polar. This cross breed, also referred to as the golar bear, has been seen in both the wild and in captivity. In 2006, DNA testing confirmed an odd looking polar bear to have both a polar bear and grizzly bear for parents.
Top Ten Animal Cross Breeds #7 – Beefalo
Meat lovers, this one is for you. A mix between a cow and a buffalo, the beefalo is purely bred for its low fat content red meat. According to one beefalo breeder, Mark Merril described the taste of the meat, “It has a richer flavor and it’s milder and sweeter than beef. And more juicy.” Very few stores actually carry the meat, however, which is why the name and the breed are mostly unknown.
Top Ten Animal Cross Breeds #6 – Leopon
Lions, leopards and leopons oh my! Leopons, first documented in 1910, are a cross breed of lions and leopards. The first known leopon was found in Kolhapur, India. While the leopon looks very much like a lion, including having a full mane, the body of the leopon maintains the shape and colors of a leopard.
Top Ten Animal Cross Breeds #5 – Cama
Llamas and camels are cute creatures, and mixing them together makes them all the cuter. A cama is a rare animal, in fact, so rare that there is only one in the entire world since her birth in 1995. The cama is hump less and has a fluffier coat similar to a llama; however, the legs are long and strong like the camel.
Top Ten Animal Cross Breeds #4 - Blood Parrot Cichlid
Unknown to many, this underwater creature is a mix between a severum and red devil cichlid. The blood parrot cichlid has a red body and deformed swim bladders. Moreover, the fish has a deformity when it comes to its beak-like mouth, making it difficult to feed. These fish can actually be found in certain pet stores, however, many are against the cross breeding as they lead a difficult life due to their deformities.
Top Ten Animal Cross Breeds #3 – Zebroid
A cross breed between a zebra and a horse, the zebroid is a unique looking animal. Also known as zebra mule or zebrule, these animals have been bred since the early 19th century and are more common than most cross breeds. The majority of zebroids are simply the size of a horse and maintain their zebra stripes.
Top Ten Animal Cross Breeds #2 – Savannah Cat
While lions and tigers are part of the cat animal kingdom, no one would think of breeding one with a domestic cat. However, the savannah cat comes from an African wild cat known as a Serval and is mixed with a domestic cat. These cats are much larger than normal domestic cats, yet they too can be domesticated and kept as pets.
Top Ten Animal Cross Breeds #1 – Liger
A cross between a lion and a tiger, ligers are probably one of the most powerful animals in the animal kingdom. A liger looks almost identical to that of a lion; however, the faint stripes of a tiger are noticeable. They are kn0wn to be the largest cats in the world. The liger takes after the tiger’s traits mostly, as they enjoy swimming which is not a common trait of the lion.