Sheep and Deer Fall in Love

An inter-species romance apparently has taken root in an animal park in southwestern China. Changmao the male sheep and Chunzi the deer are reportedly now inseparable, at Yunnan Animal Park.

Staff at the animal center posted a question on their blog about the ethics of allowing the relationship to continue. They can’t reproduce, so the inclination seems to be to not separate them. One of the animal keepers there said, “The sheep and the deer have been in love with each other since last year.” (Source: Google News)

Inter-species mating has been thought of by some  as simply animal blunders, but it might be part of an evolutionary process which sometimes produces hybrid animals that are capable of reproducing.

“A growing number of studies has been presented as evidence that two animal species can combine to produce a third, sexually viable species in a process known as hybrid speciation. Newly identified examples include both insects and fish.” (Source: NationalGeographic)

A hybrid ‘wholfin’ resulting from the mating of a female bottlenose dolphin and a male false killer whale, lives in a Hawaiian marine park. She actually has given birth to several calves. However, two of them died prematurely.

Baby wolphin

baby wolphin

 

Some grizzly and polar bears have also been mating, and produce hybrids called grolar or pizzly bears.

Image Credit: Black
Sheep, Jesus Solana
Wholphin – Mark Interrante

 

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89 comments

paula eaton
paula eaton4 years ago

There is no harm being done and they love each other. Let them be.

Michele Wilkinson

If they are happy with each others company, leave them alone.

colleen p.
colleen p.4 years ago

Wolfphin

Family: Delphinidae=false killer whale
Family: Delphinidae=bottlenose dolphin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ursus_%28genus%29 the bears are even closer,

seesh. you Deep/Sheer fantasizers remind me of idiotic 14 year olds who think their Pomerianian dogs are "half fox"

colleen p.
colleen p.4 years ago

PEOPLE, DEER AND SHEEP ARE WAY WAY WAY TO DIFFERNT TO INTERBREED. you think because they both have hooves it's possible? or do you watch to many cartoons?
you can't even properly breed a goat to a sheep.

Family: Cervidae
Family: Bovidae

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hominidae this is what we are
you can cross breed some kind of baboon.

but saying this, it's like saying a rabbit and cat can have babies. It can, in make-believe land.

Alicia N.
Alicia N.4 years ago

this is so cool-thanks

Masha Samoilova
Past Member 4 years ago

thanks

Carol P.
Carol P.4 years ago

Yeah, the picture was confusing. Inter-species friendships are always intriguing.

Helle H.
Helle H.4 years ago

Love is a strange thing.

Jake R.
Jake R.4 years ago

The picture is of a black sheep, as in the different sheep that loves a deer. No photo was available.

Carmen S.
Carmen S.4 years ago

thanks for this, no reason they can't be left together