Can you identify these animal hybrids?

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What's the difference between a mule and a hinny? What on Earth is a blood parrot? Though they rarely occur in nature, individuals from different but closely related species do occasionally mate, and the result is a biological hybrid. Test your knowledge of animal combinations!

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What is a cross between a male lion and a female tiger called?

Ligers are distinct from tigons, which come from a female lion and male tiger. (And according to Napoleon Dynamite, they are bred for their magical abilities.)

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What hybrid bear is pictured at far right in this photo?

A grolar bear is the offspring of a grizzly bear and a polar bear. Unlike many hybrid animals, grolar bears are known to occur naturally in the wild.

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What is the name of this cross between a llama and a camel?

A cama is a hybrid of two animals from different worlds — camels from Asia, and llamas from South America. Camas exhibit a camel-like temperament, but they are attracted to female llamas.

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The domestic cat was bred with what other animal to create the Savannah cat?

A serval is a medium-sized, large-eared wild African cat. Savannahs are actually often compared to dogs in their loyalty. They can be trained to walk on a leash and even taught to play fetch.

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Which of these hybrid cattle offspring is not real?

Beefalo are the fertile offspring of domestic cattle and American bison. Crosses also exist between domestic cattle and European bison (zubrons), and yaks (yakows).

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The blood parrot is controversial for what reason?

Coveted for their bright colors, blood parrots have several anatomical deformities, including a mouth that makes it difficult for the fish to feed.

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What's the difference between mules and hinnies?

Mules are offspring from male donkeys and female horses while hinnies come from female donkeys and male horses.

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A wholphin is a cross between a dolphin and what other marine mammal?

Wholphins are hybrids that can exist in the wild. The wholphin's size, color and shape can vary, depending on the parent species.

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What other two marine mammal species can mate to produce offspring?

Narwhals and beluga whales both belong in the Monodontidae family, and at least one hybrid between the two species has been documented. Aside from the right whale and blue whale pair (which is impossible due to size!), the other pairs of species do not belong to the same genus, family or order and could not produce offspring.

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What's this goatlike, grazing animal called?

This cross between a sheep and a goat is rare because goats and sheep each belong to a different genus.

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What makes zebroids such a special type of hybrid animal?

Zebroids are bred from species that have a radically different number of chromosomes. For instance, horses have 64 chromosomes and zebra have between 32 and 44 (depending on species).