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Animal Awareness : Interesting animals...
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From: Jag  (Original Message)Sent: 9/18/2006 1:34 PM
These are all either wild mixes or lab animals: 
 
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I wonder how smart they are?
Wholphins
Shunning the lab and reportedly spotted doing their freaky thing out in the wild, whale-dolphin hybrids (get it? Wholphins?) are nevertheless extremely rare and prove that love, or mating at least, knows no species. The only confirmed wholphins in existence are a new mother and her baby—who has a "regular" dolphin daddy—residing in a sea park in Hawaii.
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Why would zoos do this on purpose?  In the wild, go for it... lol
What's in a Name?
Zonkeys and zeedonks and zorses, oh my! Belonging to the same equine family, it's possible to interbreed any combination of horses, donkeys and zebras and some zoos have done so successfully, creating what looks like a donkey wearing crazy-striped socks. This has also been known to occur in the wild where the species live in close proximity, or when there is a shortage of mating partners within a species. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Credit: AP Photo/Chris Brandis
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  This could give me nightmares. lol   (but if it could help replace lost tissue and doesn't hurt the goats, then okay...)
Spider-Goat
A private biotechnology company in Canada has managed to breed goats whose milk contains spider silk, the same things the eight-legged insects use to make webs and considered one of the strongest fibers occurring in nature. The silk is compatible with the human body and can be used to repair tissues and create replacement ligaments. No word on whether the goats are able to climb buildings or rescue damsels-in-distress.

Credit: John Parkes, Landcare Research N.Z.
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Green Ham and Eggs
Not since the 1980s have we seen this much fluorescence on one creature. Born in the lab of National Taiwan University, these phosphorescent porkers are green from the inside out—heart, ham and all. Scientists injected fluorescent proteins into the pigs at the embryonic stage, hoping that their very visible tissues could later help in the study of human disease.

Credit: AP Photo/Simon Lin
 
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Don't click on the link for more, unless you have no problem with freaky - and what I consider inhumane and/or unethical - lab animal experimentation...  I posted only the ones that didn't offend me in some way.  (And Deja, might not want to click on it, because there are some of your babies shown, too...)
 


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From: MSN Nicknamebreeze_tiogaSent: 9/18/2006 2:04 PM
Some of those are pretty strange, huh.

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From: MSN NicknameSmigChickSent: 9/18/2006 7:00 PM
Ok....yeah, I'm not going to click on that link, lol.
 
I'm so appalled by the thing about the pigs - I remember reading about that not too long ago and it just made me sick. (I don't like it when they mess with nature)
 
Fascinating about the wholphin though. Heard about that, too, but I don't remember hearing that it occurs naturally. That's good to know!
 
(That little Zonkey or whatever, he is SOO adorable!!)