Zedonk. Yes, this is for real. ”The offspring of a zebra and a donkey.” Prepare yourself for an even larger dose of absurdity: there are plenty more zany names for unlikely crossbreeds, and we’ve collected a nonsensical herd of them.
We don’t know if the baby zedonk, born in the state of Georgia about a week ago, has a name, but an Associated Press report notes that “donkeys and zebras don’t usually mate, but zedonks turn up occasionally.”
A zebrula is “the offspring of a female horse and a male zebra.” A male horse and a female zebra? That’s a zebrinny. Any horse/donkey plus zebra hybrid is generally termed a zebroid. That’s less silly than zonkey, don’t you think?
When a donkey and a zebra become proud parents, their offspring is a hybrid, or crossbreed. Some biology sources define a hybrid as the product of two different species regardless of their biological kinship, whereas a crossbreed is the progeny of two animals within the same genus. The terms are often used interchangably. Hybrids tend to be sterile, which may explain why we don’t have the pleasure of seeing huge herds of zedonks roaming the plains.
The most common hybrid is the good old mule, “the sterile offspring of a female horse and a male donkey.” A crossbreed that may romp in your home is the labradoodle (Labrador retriever plus poodle), or pretty much any mutt that curls up at your feet.
[Random bonus question: what is the name of the mythological creature with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion? Here's the answer. What about the monster with a man's head, horns, a lion's body, and the tail of a dragon" The answer.]
Something you probably don’t see every day is a liger (father is a lion, mother is a tiger) or a tiglon (the opposite of the liger.) A cama is the “offspring of a camel and a llama.” A goat-sheep mix in 2000 was given the colorful name the “Toast of Botswana.” Cow plus yak equals yakow or dzo, depending which species is ma and which is pa. Our pick for the saddest name for a hybrid is the (no, we are not allowed to invent words in the dictionary simply for your amusement) beefalo, a genetically-modified chimera that is around three-eigths buffalo and the rest cow. Apparently their tastiness is only rivalled by their silliness.
Curious about the names of other crossbreeds? Weigh in below, and we’ll do our best to give you an answer. Or, if you know the wacky name for a wacky hybrid, please share.
If I was riding zedonk(ey) in ze jungle and I was bitten by ze liger it would “hurt really,really bad.” (With apologies to Napoleon Dynamite)
p.s. Pedro the Labradoodle for President
Bolony – Belgian draft horse crossed with a Pony.
Schnoodle – Schnauzer crossed with a Poodle.
You forgot the Jackalope! (Jack rabbit and antelope)
Golar/Prizzly bear. (Polar/Grizzly bear).
Zonkey is my favorite animal. I wrote a children’s story about zonkeys. Hybrid animals have the best names!
You- A 9/10 brick 1/10 human
How do some of these crossbreeds even happen. Where would a donkey encounter a zebra? Baby cama is surprisingly cute, considering how ugly llamas and camels usually are.
So that’s what a mule is! I always just thought it was a donkey, no one ever said it was part horse.
Great words! What about the words ‘zorse’ and ‘hebra’/'horbra’? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zorse)
By the way, I’m not a native speaker of English, but shouldn’t “less silly then zonkey” (3rd paragraph) be “less silly THAN zonkey” (with an ‘a’)?
hey tictactoe – this is a funnny one eh?
Joanne – what’s so funny about these ridiculous crossbreeds? Wouldn’t it make much more sense for nature to be left alone, then we wouldn’t have the problem with coming up with these names and what each one means and comes from!!!!!
Try these, just to mention a few:
“That’s less silly then zonkey, don’t you think?”
Shouldn’t it be THAN? Don’t let me down, Dictionary.com!
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Antoinette, you are quite right about the mistake in paragraph 3.
Your English must be better than you think it is. (:
I live in the texas hill country and we often have a team of z-donks in our parades. Their hides are beautiful. Wish I could upload a photo to you here.
I wonder what they would all be called in Japanese?!?!?!?
I agree, great words! Didnt know there were so many hybrid names out there.
Id have to agree with Antoinette on the 3rd paragraph sentence where ‘then’ is used. im also not a native speaker of English but like Atoinette shouldn’t it be ‘than’ instead of ‘then’. Be happy for an explanation there.
Can’t forget ManBearPig: Half Man, Half Bear, Half Pig
nah, i reckon its hilarious – i wanna breed a cowpat – COW mum and footPATh dad. whaddaya reckon?
A jack rabbit breeding with an antelope????WHAT??? How could that be? Surprised no one has said anything about that yet. Is that really what a jackalope is? I just thought it was a type of rabbit. and, it’s not in this dictionary?
I have a musical instrument with the neck of a guitar and the body (or “pot”) of a banjo. Is it a guitjo?, bantar? banjitar? I like “guitanjo”! I also have a mandolin/banjo…..
For inquiring minds…I sure was!… I just looked up the wiki definition for a jackalope (which is not even a real hybrid/crossbreed….how could that happen anyway?) a jackalope is
“The jackalope is an imaginary animal of North American folklore (a so-called “fearsome critter”) described as a jackrabbit with antelope horns or deer antlers and sometimes a pheasant’s tail (and often hind legs).
It is possible that the tales of jackalopes were inspired by sightings of rabbits infected with the Shope papilloma virus, which causes the growth of horn- and antler-like tumors in various places on the rabbit’s head and body.”
“A common southwestern U.S. species of jackrabbit is called the antelope jackrabbit, because of its ability to run quickly like an antelope. It is easily imagined that this species might be humorously misconstrued to possess horns and represent a jackrabbit-antelope cross.”
Yes it should be “than” not “then” but it would be a very odd mistake to make grammatically for a native English speaker to make so it’s probably just a typo.
Whoops! One “to make” too many there !
A henny is a cross between a female donkey (jenny) and a horse. The opposite of a mule.
To those of you who were concerned about the use of the word “then”, let’s just say it was a typo. Those of us who speak English are often careless. Sorry we confuse you. Keep up the good work.
Looks like they fixed it. I don’t see the word “then” in that sentence.
shitzu and a pitbull anyone?
How about a hybrid between a human monkey and a nun in the story of Xīyóu Jì? I need to look into Griffin more.
what I meant by a nun is a protagonist monk
Haha, good one eloquentBastard. There’s no shortage of those crossbreeds!
hey tictactoe – is yours still working? sumtims i will put one in and it jus doesnt register. try a different email address maybe?
Joanne – send me some photos once you accomplish your feat. Should be interesting. Actually, I do have some pictures of the offspring of a daddy mole and a mummy giraffe. I wish I could attach it – it’s hilarious.
Any suggestions on names for these ones?
you are quite right about the mistake in paragraph 3.
Your English must be better than you think it is.
wot about Raffymole? man, these toll priority guys must be busy – ive been waiting on the line for that long its not funny! and all i want is a quote! grrrrrrr
Hybrid names are crazy!
Looks like they fixed it. I don’t see the word “then” in that sentence.
Interbreeding bears blind chances into the world. An outcome that is whether fruitful or not depends on someone else’s to judge.
Not a bad name that you thought up – I’ll consider it.
Yeah, I know how you feel – I get the very same feeling often.
Yes, these things work, they just take a year and a half to register – about the same length of time as toll priority guys I reckon.
Why did they force a zebra and a donkey to make unnatural freak babies?
WHY? I just need to know WHY?
Chimpanzee’s have 98% genes the same as humans and banana’s have 2% genes the same as humans.
Therefore, if you cross a chimpanzee with a banana you get a what ??????
If you remove banana’s from the market do humans degenerate to —???
This is a fun article. I suspect the dictionary.com audience is unusually picky about words, so hopefully you’re wearing your thickest skin.
Now, to get on with the nitpicking…
I’m not sure which definition of “chimera” you’re intending, but it seems likely that you are referring to the the fourth definition:
“Genetics . an organism composed of two or more genetically distinct tissues, as an organism that is partly male and partly female, or an artificially produced individual having tissues of several species.”
That definition does not apply here though. A chimera is typically formed from the fusion of multiple zygotes, although I guess it could be created through grafting. A hybrid or crossbreed does not (unless it is incidentally a chimera as well) have two or more genetically distinct tissues.
Interesting & informative!!
This is neat! I have a mut that is half Pug and Half Chihuahua. I tell everyone she is a Pughuahua. She mated with the Boston Terrior next door. We call the pups BosTerPugHuahuas.
it’s all a load of rubbish
Many of these cross-breeds and hybrids are bred for specific purposes. A mule, for example, is larger and more powerful than a donkey yet smaller than a horse. Mules also tend to be more hardy (meaning less disease-prone) than horses. This made them an economical alternative for old-time subsistence farmers who did not have enough land to warrant (or support) horses. People started breeding zebra-donkey hybrids out of similar needs.
The beefalo is a similar situation — this animal exhibits hardiness from its buffalo heritage, allowing it to be raised in areas where cattle do not fare well. The beefalo is somewhat larger than the average beef steer (meaning it produces more meat) while its cattle heritage gives its meat a more familiar beef character. Contrary to the tone of the article, beefalo meat is neither silly nor does it have a poor taste. Beefalo steaks grill up just as nice as beef steaks do and there is no reason at all to pass on a beefalo burger.
eloquentBastard on July 28, 2010 at 6:52 pm
shitzu and a pitbull anyone?
I have a friend that has a Shitzu and a Pitbull dog. She put them together and named her Pizhu. (peeshoo)
I don’t think these crossbreeds are ridiculous. Their names maybe. . . (But then again, many solid species have some pretty questionable names as well – the ‘blue footed booby’?)
And although many say that people are interfering with nature,(and okay, I succumb to the fact that they are) a small selection of these hybrids would’ve happened with or without our involvement.
For the sake of these poor animals, I hope they’re not being bred simply for amusement, as that would be cruel and stingy. Let us hope that scientists don’t start trying to make the “jackalope” a reality.
Imagine how awkward this would be for some of the animals. o_o
If we could breed natural Terducken… Oh man.
I almost bought a zedonk. They had one up here in the northeast where I live.
How about a cross between a Dragon and a Donkey —- You get Dronkey!!!
How strange…and very peculiar, BUT believable. :]
It’s not a Tiglon. It’s a Tigon!!!
You don’t make up words? Ha! You used the word “chimera,” and it was even highlighted as a link, so I clicked on it and got the message, “No such word in the dictionary.” How about THAT?
RUTHE TRY CAT ‘N DOG 2 B “DOCAT”
My wife and I have a dog that’s parents are a Chihuahua and Jack Russell Terrier. We call her breed a Jackahuahua (jack-a-wa-wa). I don’t know if that term has ever been used before, but we thought it was funny.
Jackalope is distant cousin to the snipe.
Of course the Jack-a-lope exists! I lived in Wyoming for 14 years. The Jack-a-lope is the state animal. I knew many ranchers who had small herds of these animals to help herd the cattle. This argument goes back many, many years. But, I know because I’ve seen them.
Just coincidentally, in Japanese there is a word “baka” that is made out of two symbols: horse and deer. This word means “fool” or “idiot”, however, the symbols that form it were chosen only because their pronunciation, not because the breed of a horse and a deer is a fool animal…
My cousin calls people jackalopes all the time!
I think a shitzu and pitbull is a shitbull lol.
BY THE WAY @Poutous there is such thing as a chihuahua and pug! it is actually called a chug! and thats not made up my friend has a chug named chica
We have a zonkey on our ranch, that is what we call them, a cross between a zebra and a donkey. We actually had two of them but sold one. They are very beautiful hybrids. There are actually 75-100 in the world so they are not very common. Check out zorse.com to see our ranch. We have zorses and zonkeys. We are an equine rescue in California and have many different species of exotics and domestics.
Wholphin (or Wolphin) is part false killer whale, part dolphin.
Rare in captivity and in the wild, but exist in both environments.
In the Sherpa (and other?) languages, the cow-yak crossbread is called a zokyo.
I am aware that the requirements of being considered the same species is the ability of two organisms to make fertile offspring, so that means since mules are infertile, horses and donkeys are not the same species, but since a Yorkshire and a miniature Poodle can create fertile pups they are in the same species, their breeds are like the equivalent of the different races in the human species. So I was wondering if ligers are fertile because that would mean lions and tigers are in the same species. I was also curious on the fertility status on some of those other mixes you mentioned such as the cama, and the beefalo. I was also wondering if there is a mix of an emu and an ostrich, if there is I was wondering about it’s name and fertility status.
I was a little kid when I went to Wyoming and heard of Jackalopes from my Dad. I really thought they were real,we even went into a store that had a stuffed jackalope head(jack rabbit head with glued on antlers). When we were leaving Wyoming my Dad told me Jackalopes weren’t real, I started crying I was so crushed.
the answer is a manticore
i want to see a beefalo
You forgot the zant!!!(zebra and ant)not likely.
what about the elphra zebra/elaphant. oh your right about the then.
Golden Doodle – cross between a golden retriever and a poodle. Ugly as all get out.
@EloquentBastard: Oh… you mean, a pitzu? LMAO
hey – anyone seen a mantela? (elephant x manta ray) interesting!
Hey, how about this – a grape is a hybrid of male gorilla and female ape. Or, maybe a Domeranian is a hybrid of Great Dane and a Pomeranian.
The name of the new baby Zedonk is “Pippi”. The children visiting the zoo say she looks like she has tights or stockings on therefore her we named her after the fictional character Pippi Longstocking. She is beautiful! Her narrow face and long eyelashes along with those so cute stripped leggs make you fall in love with her. She is very spunky. She is just starting to run and kick her back legs up into the air.
Answer to Riel…
A wholphin (or wolphin) is fertile and have successfully given birth
to off-spring, both observed in the wild and born in captivity.
On an interesting side note…
One of the unique physical traits of a wholphin is the number of teeth.
False killer whales have 44 teeth. Dolphins have 88 teeth.
Wholphins have 66 teeth (exactly mid-point between the two).
This is one of the many things that make wholphins unique.
This was particularly interesting
taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the diery farts of the wicked one.” He meant to say fiery darts.
What about a Cabbit(a male rabbit and a female cat)
A Cabbit(male rabbit and female cat)
It doesn’t say “then” in the 3rd paragraph when I look at it. It correctly says “than”.
[...] A “zedonk,” half donkey/zebra, was just born. What are the parents … We call her breed a Jackahuahua (jack-a-wa-wa). I don't know if that term has ever been used before, but we thought it was funny. catlectic on July 29, 2010 at 15:38 am. Jackalope is distant cousin to the snipe. I really thought they were real,we even went into a store that had a stuffed jackalope head(jack rabbit head with glued on antlers). When we were leaving Wyoming my Dad told me Jackalopes weren't real, I started crying I was so crushed. sebastian on July 29, [...]
Let’s give the jackalope a rest. It was a con back in the west where taxidermists would combine various critters for museums of the strange. Sideshows, houses of horror, and the like would pay good money for “freaks of nature,” very few of which were real.
It was not unheard of for vastly different creatures to be prepared, dried, stitched together, stuffed, and then displayed as proof of some half baked tale. Examples include fish with chicken legs, two headed cows/snakes/turtles(some of the few REAL displays), rats with rattlesnake tails, bears with webbed feet, “walking” catfish(oddly, there are some that can use fins as feet for short periods), Bear/wolf hybrids(think scary things that might be out there), and generally anything that looked unusual. Wolverines, badgers, armadillos, skunks, and coyotes were not uncommon for being used as pieces.
The “Jackalope” is one such critter…the body of a hare/jackrabbit with a set of antlers prominently growing from its brow.
Biologically infeasible, physically crippling, and sensibly impossible, the little critter’s place in western gimmickry is cemented by countless bits of trifling tourist souvenirs and shows that still exist… mostly for little more than the sake of a quick buck or preserving a curious tidbit of the past.
i got a zorse. shes pretty awsome.
I Mixed A Yorkshire Terrier with A Dachshund / poodle mix and then threw in A Dandy Dinmonte . the result was A Yorkie Doodle Dandy Named Mackaronie.
They fixed the then and than error. BTW, are there things like digers? I saw something on the internet that said something about a dog and a tiger… LOL
I love animals and I love information like this! It keeps my mind stretched and exercised now that I am retired. Also keeps me laughing which is good for the body and soul! (:
I wanna see a spig- half spider, half pig. Poor guys probably couldn’t even stand….
human – half pig, half monkey
“Dave on January 13, 2011 at 5:10 pm
human – half pig, half monkey”
This is true for more than 50 percent of us Americans
screaming banshee + chiwawa = my little brother
haha what about a beavcoon (beaver+racoon)
o ya and what is the “-whal” i narwhal supposed to be? whale? so then it’s “corpse whale” that makes PERFECT sense
One day I will create a Jackalope, I will, I will….
’nuff said. lol.
ann o. nymous, if you even read the thing it was named corpse whale because the sailors who saw them must have been very scared and stuff cus they r white and horns and were prolly like woah thats pretty wierd its like a ghost whale. lets name it corpse whale. then some guys like no wait lets call it a narwhal cus we can and thats a cool name.
Here, in Amazon Jungle, there are some changes and they are not made in labor/atories (labour/work). There is an African fish called “tilapia” that its hipofise is used to extrain “hormonios” to reproduce local fanancial fishes. The African fishes are now out of control and they are eating local baby fishes. It is dangerous to work with genetics without responsability.
There’s a band called “Half Man Half Biscuit”…now that would be an interesting biological hybrid! “Mabisc”.
I think it would be a biscan…..
i know one hybrid here in the Philippines, half pig and half dog.
i know what they look like!!
what the crap!!!! how do ppl come up with these names??? its all very confusing wen ur 13 trying to do a research paper on zebras and u look them up and get all these funky names about horses donkeys and zebras mating to make zedonks and zebrulas or wat ever they r they r kinda kool tho >:)
I have a Zedonk and he is the sweatiest donkey we have. He was given to me a year ago. We are going to break him to drive. Kids can ride him. He is about 8 years old. We know nothing about his past.
DOES ANY ONE KNOW A NAME FOR A LION/HAWK
A shitzu and a pitbull would be a Bullshit /dog.
Why are the names different depending on who is the mother and who is the father?
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