May 24, 2006

Ligers, Tigons, and Zonkeys, Oh My!

For some unknown reason, I stayed up late last night looking at pictures of animal hybrids. At 11:30PM I had watched a segment on the Colbert Report concerning a grizzly/polar bear hybrid that had been killed by a hunter. Intrigued, I went online to discover more of these "freak of nature" creatures. (What can I say? I'm a total nerd!)

Thank my lucky stars, I found an entire
site dedicated to animal hybrids! What I found most amusing was the names given to these forlorn-looking creatures: Zorse, Jaglion, Pumapard, Dogote. My favorite was beefalo. That just made me laugh, laugh, laugh. Beefalo!

Here are a few of the stranger-looking ones:

Zony --- Shetland Pony/Zebra Hybrid

Wolphin --- Whale/Dolphin Hybrid

Liger --- Lion/Tiger Hybrid (Considered the largest cats in the world)

Okapi --- Deer/Zebra Hybrid

OK, I'm just kidding about the last one. Okapis are actually forest giraffes (and the only living relative of the giraffe). Aren't they so cool-looking? And they only need five minutes of sleep per day!

Here's another interesting factoid: sheep and goat hybrids are called "geep" or, get this, the "toast of Botswana." Huh?

Anyway, I'm done being geeky. For crying out loud, I work at a space museum! Can I get any dorkier? Maybe if I start attending Star Trek conventions...


  1. That last one is crazy looking. That is cool I love zoos and animals... must it mame us dorky if we do?

  2. I love zoos, too! I'm glad I'm not alone.

    I don't think zoos are dorky at all! They're so much fun. But I think staying up late to look at pictures of animal hybrids borders on dorkiness...or ultimate coolness. I hope I'm the latter!

  3. Educated coolness, I would say

  4. p.s. if you shrink the size of that political cartoon, everything will move back up to the top. It's just a suggestion

  5. Ahhhh! Thanks Travis! That was really bothering me and I didn't know how to fix it! Much, much thanks.