Status: Undetermined (but unlikely)
A Canadian rancher claims that one of his mares has given birth to a horse-moose hybrid
. His main evidence for this is that the mare has a funny looking head. Also, he says that his stallions were both sterilized shortly before the mare got pregnant, and there are no other male horses in the region. So who could the father be but a rogue moose that happened to be wandering by?
Biologists, naturally, are skeptical. Gilles Landry, a biologist with Quebec's parks and wildlife department, says:
"I have serious doubts because there has never been a birth from a moose and a horse reported, even though some have mated. It's more likely that it's a deformed animal."
Lou emailed me a bunch
about this strange hybrid (Thanks, Lou!) and writes:
Definitely a hoax or mistake. It has a facial deformity that makes it look moose-like. Claims supporting it is a moose hybrid include long legs. Foals have long legs so they can keep up with their mothers. Also it sleeps lying down. Foals do sleep lying down. It's adult horses that sleep standing up. The mare either got impregnated just before the stallions were gelded and the owner got the dates mixed or the father was a colt that hasn't yet been gelded because it wasn't thought old enough to do the do.
I agree with Lou and the biologists. A horse-moose hybrid seems unlikely. Although I suppose it would be biologically possible. But we'll know for sure once the genetic tests are done.
I should start a new gallery devoted to strange hybrids, since it seems like there's been a lot of them reported recently (i.e. the cumato
and the cuculoupe
.) The strangest hybrid of all would, of course, be a human-ape hybrid, but there remains no evidence that such a creature has existed in modern times (as opposed to prehistoric times), despite the efforts of Russian scientist Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov