Pizzly Bears and 5 More Hybrid Animals
A pizzly bear is what the offspring of a polar bear and a grizzly bear is often called, although they are sometimes referred to as grolar bears too. These hybrid animals have come to the fore recently as their numbers seem to be growing in the northern regions of Canada. It is thought that climate change and the increasing temperatures in the Canadian Arctic have driven the polar bears further south in search of food and grizzlies further north in search of unexplored grounds. Polar bears do not normally choose to mate with other species but are known to do so when faced with the choice between this option and not mating at all.
Although the result of the cross-species relationship is a healthy, and still rather cute-looking, bear, scientists have warned that the genetics of the polar bear could soon be whipped out if this was to continue. Dilution occurs the further down the generations these hybrids go and eventually the more dominate grizzly DNA will take over completely.
Here are five other hybrid species from the Polar Regions and further afield.
The cross between a narwhal and a beluga whale has been spotted by fisherman off the coast of Greenland and even caught in some cases. The animal is said to have a large head and teeth that resemble both species, but doesn’t feature the distinctive tusk that protrudes from the head of a narwhal.
The offspring between a male lion and a female tiger, a liger is one of the most common and well-known hybrids today. Not only are ligers larger than both of their parent species, they also possess personality traits from tigers and lions. They only ever occur in captivity as the two animals will never meet in the wild. Several zoos contain ligers and there is even one in Russia that features a baby born from a liger mother and lion father, now known as a liliger.
There are many different zebroid hybrids (caused by a zebra mating with a range of other equine animals), but zedonks are the most common, with some even being born here in the UK. With zebra fathers and donkey mothers, zedonks resemble the latter but typically have strips that will stay with them all their lives.
The only camas to have ever been born are the result of artificial insemination. In Dubai, there was a desire to create an animal that could produce more wool than a llama but that was as strong as a camel. Unfortunately, the experiment was not a success and the cama offspring displayed a temper even more stubborn than a camel’s. Like llamas, they do not have humps but their coat is not quite as soft.
Only one wholphin exists in captivity (Kekaimalu, in Hawaii) but there have been rare sightings of them in the wild too. These hybrids are the result of a female bottlenose dolphin and a male false killer whale mating but they are not a cross between a whale and a dolphin. That is because false killer whales, and killer whales for that matter, are actually part of the dolphin family. Unlike a lot of hybrids, Kekaimalu has proved to be fertile, giving birth to three calves. Sadly, though, only one is still alive today.
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