When you go to the zoo, you typically see lions, bears, tigers, snakes, and many more amazing creatures. But chances are, you’ve never seen these incredible hybrid animals!
From the zonkey to the Grolar bear and from the liger to the wolphin, these animals set evolutionary ideas back on their heels. Each hybrid attests to God’s creative genius—and turns the evolutionary interpretation of “species” upside down.
Creation scientists look at hybrids as an example of how species diversified so much after Creation just a few thousand years ago. Plus, these interesting creatures also show how God filled the earth so quickly after the Flood. Noah took two of every kind on the Ark (not species), and from those kinds, we get the unique species we see today.
Let’s take a look at some of these incredible hybrid animals!
Zonkeys: Diversity Among the Horse Kind
Zonkeys and zedonks are a mix between zebras and donkeys. They usually have gray bodies and striped legs. Interestingly, this hybrid doesn’t just occur in controlled zoos but also in the wild. This fascinating animal shows just how diverse those within the horse kind are.
Most, if not all, horse hybrids are infertile, though. This is because their genomes consist of genes acquired from parents with different numbers of chromosomes.
You can see a zedonk and zorses (mix between zebra and horse) at the Creation Museum’s petting zoo.
The Grolar Bear—Or Is It Prizzly Bear?
Polar bears and Grizzly bears have produced offspring before, but scientists got to observe two such hybrids up close in the Osnabruck Zoo in Germany in 2004.
The two bears showed some of their Grizzly mother’s characteristics and some of their Polar father’s characteristics. For instance, they have a tail like a Grizzly, but shoulder humps like a Polar bear.
Some of their characteristics were more of a blend. They’re slightly larger than their mother, but still smaller than their father.
Although the researchers believe the two species of bear split a few hundred thousand years ago, the ability of polar and grizzly bears to reproduce successfully also fits with the biblical view: that they descend from the same created kind through their ancestral bear representatives on the Ark about 4,500 years ago.
Hybrid Animals in the Cat Family
The family Felidae has some interesting hybrids. The liger, for instance—a hybrid between a male lion and a female tiger—is the largest cat in the world, weighing 1,000 tons! Tigons are also a mix between lions and tigers, except the mother is a lion and the father is a tiger.
But those aren’t the only hybrid animals in the cat family. You also see bobcats mating with domestic cats and cougars mating with ocelots. Seeing cats of these varying sizes interbreeding goes to show that all these various types of cats come from one single cat kind that Noah took with him on the Ark.
Wolphins: Dolphin or Whale?
Technically, wolphins are a mix between false killer whales and bottlenose dolphins. But both those species are in the family Delphinidae.
Interestingly enough, the wholphin is fertile. Even though the whale and dolphin are considered separate genera, they may, in fact, belong to the same species. This shows how difficult it is to define the term “species.” Of course from a biblical perspective, it is easy to say they are both the same kind!
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