If you’re an animal lover, you’ll consider any creature cute—and you won’t be prejudiced against an animal just because humans helped create it. After all, sometimes animal hybrids are even cuter than the animals we see in the wild. If you don’t believe it, here are some of the cutest animal hybrids to fill your day with joy.
A zebroid is a mix between a zebra and any other equine, which usually happens to be a donkey. Even though the animals are generally called zebroids, they each have a more specific name. That cross between a zebra and donkey is a zonkey. Meanwhile, a cross between a zebra and a horse is a zorse. The names sound like Dr. Seuss creatures, but the animals are absolutely adorable.
This is a cross between a male leopard and a lioness. They typically look the way that lions do, except their coats have the designs of a leopard. The first leopon ever was created all the way back in 1910 in India, and its remains were donated to The British Museum Of Natural History.
A grolar bear is a combination of a grizzly bear and a polar bear. Since both of the creatures are bears, there is evidence that suggests that grolar bears aren’t always human-made. Sometimes a grizzly bear and a polar bear will end up meeting and the sparks will fly, creating a natural baby grolar bear.
Savannah cats are crosses between wild serval cats and household cats. They tend to be slim with big ears, but they look just as adorable as any standard cute kitten—except way bigger. The first one was created in the 1980s, which means that they really haven’t been around for all that long, but if their cuteness is any indication, they’re here to stay.
A cama is a cross between a camel and a llama. Even though the two animals are extremely different, they share a common ancestor, which is why they’re able to breed. The first one was created back in 1995, and although they are strong, they are smaller than purebred camels are, which means that they’re easier to control.
It’s not hard to determine what animal a beefalo consists of: it is a cross between a buffalo and any type of domestic cattle. The first one of its kind was bred in the 1960s in order to create an animal that would be superior to its parents. The combination of their traits led to a creature that was fertile, able to be milked, and easy to handle.
This hybrid, which is the combination of a bottlenose dolphin and a false killer whale, is incredibly rare, because it doesn’t tend to live long after it is born. The first one that was ever bred died after only 200 days of living. Now, there is only one of them alive and in captivity in Hawaii, but they have occasionally appeared naturally in the wild.
What are your favorite animal hybrids?