As humans we have come to an incredible level of superiority over the rest of the animal kingdom. With many species now being bred for food we often forget that we also commonly use animals for transport, clothing and entertainment. Thanks to our incredible technologies that have led to both the exploitation of animals and the ability to create sanctuaries for their care we now have a god-like power over every other species. Luckily for some animals, we find their appearance charming enough to keep them in our homes or let them roam a little in extended enclosures. One of humanity’s favourite things to do with animals is cross breed them. With the dog as probably the best example here, hundreds of dog species and sub species now exist thanks to years of interbreeding from wolves, many dogs now barely resemble their ancestors. But dogs aren’t the only living experiments that exist out their thanks to our mastery of science. Here are some of the weird and wonderful creatures we have created by mixing the paint that is DNA.
Created in Dubai, this mix of the placid quadruped mammals,
the camel and llama, was created to create an animal that would produce great
fur and be worthy as animal transportation. In the east many people still
travel by camel as they serve as loveable and helpful travel companions. Adding
a llama o the mix makes them probably a bit more v
isually pleasing and hopefully decreases your chances of being spat at.
Ligers + Tigons
Some of the deadliest and famous big cats in the world are bred together here to create hybrids that look very unique. Depending on which animal provided the male part of the equation results in which variation you end up with (Male lion = Liger), which kind of provides the base shape for your animal. What happens next is a remarkable mixture of markings and fur patterns as the beast grow to become true visually stunning mixtures of their parents.
One of the more adorable cross breeds we have accomplished, this is a mix of the exotic zebra and the humble donkey. With the size and sensibility of the donkey being admired, since donkeys are famously domesticated, here we add the terrific patterns of the wild horses for a great looking friendly creature. Zebras have been successfully bred with many other equine species all of which come under the collective name zebroid.
You might have already guessed by now what combination this is thanks to the not so cryptic portmanteaus that all cross breeds seem to be given. For this mix a grizzly and a polar bear are genetically mixed to create a combo of both bear characteristics. Polar bears are obviously desirable because of their brilliant white coat, but their behaviour is nothing short of aggressive. Grizzlies on the other hand aren’t always killing machines like their arctic cousins and they also have a smaller build which can essentially make for a calmer, more petite white bear.