A hybrid animal is an animal that is a cross between two different types of animals. Hybrid animals, sometimes called cross-bred animals, are more common than people think. The mule, a common farm animal, is in fact a cross between a donkey and a horse. The problem with a lot of hybrid animals is that most are infertile, which means that they are incapable of breeding with other animals.

List of Hybrid Animals


For more information, see Mule.

A Mule is the result of cross breeding a horse with a donkey. They have more strength than a horse which comes from traits from the donkey which made it a common farm animal in the 19 and early 20 centuries and still are commonly found today. They tend to be bigger than a donkey and yet smaller than a horse. Unlike a horse, which if not trained or bred will run at a sight of a predator, will attack it instead. They have been known to kill Mountain Lions.


For more information, see Liger.

The Liger is the result of cross-breeding a Male Lion with a Female Tiger (Tigress). It is said that the breed is much larger than the average tiger and is extremely dangerous for the mother as often, the liger is greater in size than the parents.


For more information, see Tigon

Similar to the Liger, the Tigon is the result of cross-breeding a Female lion (Lioness) with a male tiger. Unlike the Liger, however, the size of one does not exceed that of the parent's. This animal does not occur naturally in the wild and only exist in zoos and laboratories as the territories of a tiger and lion do not overlap, and is in fact, quite distant. (With the exception of the Asiatic lion).

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