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11 amazing hybrid animals

Close-up of the eye of a tiger

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Mixing things up

Ligers, tigons and grolar bears, oh my! Take a look at some of these otherworldly hybrid animals and you'll realize the possibilities are endless. Though they rarely occur in nature, individuals from different but closely related species do occasionally mate, and the result is a biological hybrid — an offspring that shares traits from both parent species. Here are 11 bizarre, but truly unique half-breeds. (Text: Bryan Nelson)