Flipping through pages of books, you might’ve wondered how life would be if real centaurs, minotaurs, and griffins roamed the Earth. However, you don’t have to get lost in fiction to behold fantasy beasts. Have you ever taken the time to ponder just how a giraffe isn’t a mythological creature with its enormous neck, leopard spots, black tongue, and stubby horns? Unicorns are pale in comparison to giraffes if you think about it.
The world is filled with unreal animals, from the bizarre to the frightening. Here are 15 animal hybrids that look like they belong in a sci-fi flick.
This beauty of a beast is the offspring of a zebra and a horse. Charles Darwin was the first person who attempted to create a zebra-horse hybrid and was successful at that. In today’s time, you could spend your life trying to find one of these exquisite equestrian beauties, but the sterility or infertility of zorses has driven their numbers down to near-zero.
What do you get when you combine the sperm of a killer whale and the egg of a bottlenose dolphin? The result of this mix is a wholphin, an extremely rare hybrid that is brought into the world due to a natural attraction between these two sea mammals. You don’t have to spend years faring the harsh ocean waves to get a look at a wholphin; the Sea Life Park on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, houses a wholphin which attracts thousands of visitors annually.
These large, grazing beasts are the offspring of domesticated cattle and wild American buffaloes. Roughly three centuries ago, people making their way across US plains encountered the first beefalo I the wild. Since 1880, scientists have deliberately reproduced beefalo to help with a rising demand of beef. Yes, this hybrid animal is edible.
If you’ve seen Napoleon Dynamite, then you’ll know that this is Napoleon’s favorite animal. It’s also one of the most popular animal hybrids; not because of its rarity but rather its softened stripes across its hide, its over 10-foot-long length from nose to tail, and the fact that many offspring between male lions and female tigers are fertile.
5. Grolar Bear
You might be thinking how in the world can a polar bear mate with a grizzly bear? Does it head south for poker, beach parties, and to find a grizzly mate? The weirdest thing is that polar bears and grizzly bears are naturally not attracted to each other, making this hybrid one of the rarest in the world.
Domesticated cattle are a bit freaky. Not only can they mate with bison, but they’re also fair game for yaks. The dzo is bred in Tibet and Mongolia for meat and milk. They’re considerably larger than cattle so you can see why farmers deliberately mate their cattle with yak.
7. Savannah Cat
The Savannah Cat, unlike so many other cat species, is just as loyal and intelligent as dogs. The best thing is they can be trained to fetch and play dead just like dogs! This cat is the offspring of a domesticated house cat and an African Wildcat. There are plenty of Savannah Cats thriving in the wildernesses of Africa and West Asia.
Mixing a female llama and a male camel will result in a cama. They’re just like camels, but fluffier, smaller, and waaaay more adorable. Humans have found a need for camas and have artificially inseminated female llamas with camel sperm to produce these woolly creatures.
The liger is good and all, but have you seen a mixture between a spotted leopard and a maned lion? The result of the two is a Leopo which was first produced in India in the early 20th century. By 2018, there were fewer than 100 of them left in existence. No, it’s not because of poaching. Lions and leopards don’t usually get along, let alone mate.
Aren’t wolves dogs? They’re canines, but they’re not usually as friendly as domesticated breeds. However, people have long wanted pet wolves to take home, and breeding a wild wolf with a dog breed will result in a Wolfdog with traits from both of its parents. This, however, means that their temperaments can be unpredictable.
This cute little animal is the result of a goat and a sheep’s night out. Humans don’t play a role in the creating of Geeps since, more often than not, the offspring won’t live to beyond a few hours after birth.
It seems that lions will mate with any large cat breed. The Jaglion is, you guessed it, a cross between a female lion and a male jaguar. The crazy thing about Jaglions is that they weren’t intentionally bred. One day, a lion and a jaguar decided to get it on when living together in a zoo.
This is a hybrid between domesticated cattle and a wisent which is a European bison. The Żubroń was first thought to be the ideal replacement for cattle due to their natural resistance against diseases that would wipe entire herds out of existence. However, there’s only a small pack living today, and you can find them at Bialowieski National Park in Poland.
Baby Narluga in the deep blue sea. Swim so wild and swim so free! (Sorry…) The Narluga, a cross between a narwhal and a beluga whale, has been spotted numerous times in the North Atlantic Ocean. It looks a lot like a beluga whale but is darker in color. Narlugas don’t inherit the horn from their narwhal parent, unfortunately.
Fluffier than a coyote but smaller than a wolf, the coywolf is a not-so-rare hybrid animal usually spotted by hunters in the US. Unlike many other hybrid animals, there aren’t usually any complications in Coywolf offspring, and by their sizable population, it seems that coyotes and wolves can get along just fine.