For centuries, people have been interested in the profound effects of selective breeding. Whether it be for sport, utility, or fun, selective breeding has always been a hot topic of debate amongst its supporters and detractors. Sure, the use of selective breeding can bring about desirable changes in a species, but at what cost?
It wasn’t until the late 1980s when the hybridization of animals became a popular topic. For example, if you grew up in the 1990s, you’re probably pretty familiar with the Nickelodeon TV show, Catdog. While it may have just been a cartoon, the idea of mating two of the world’s most domesticated animals has always attracted the scientific community. More recently, the Liger became incredibly popular after the release of Napoleon Dynamite. While some may have thought the mating of a lion and a tiger could have never happened, you will see on our list that it is in fact a real animal.
As cute and awesome as hybrid animals can be, they can also be downright scary. The world has enough problems as it is, we don’t need the following animals to make our lives any more difficult, do we? Although you won't be finding a Shug on this list (and we know a part of you was secretly hoping you would), it's pretty amazing that some of these animals are actually out there.
13 Wholphin (False Killer Whale+Bottlenose Dolphin)
12 Beefalo (Buffalo+Domestic Cow)
11 Wolfdog (Gray Wolf+Dog)
10 Leopon (Leopard+Lioness)
9 Iron Age Pig (Wild Boar+Domestic Pig)
8 Blood Parrot (Red Devil+Severum)
7 Yai (Saltwater+Siamese Crocodile)
6 St. Basset Hound (St. Bernard+Basset Hound)
5 Killer Bees (African Honey Bee+European/Western Honey Bees)
4 Cuban Crocodiles+American Crocodiles
3 Savannah Cat (Serval+Domestic Cat)
2 Grolar Bear (Grizzly Bear+Polar Bear)
1 Liger (Lion+Tiger)
Yes, the famous mythical creature from Napoleon Dynamite is in fact real, and it’s pretty flippin’ awesome. Ligers are the mix of a male lion and a tigress and can only be found in captivity. While they have been around for centuries, there have only been a few reported cases of ligers living to full adulthood throughout Asia. Ligers are often much larger than either parent, dubbing them the largest cat in the world as they can reach up to 10 feet in length and tip the scales at over 1,000 pounds!
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