Crux Charisma (charismasuicide) wrote in wtf_nature,
Crux Charisma
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I'm sure most folks here know the mating of tiger and lion creates progeny as lofty as both parents combined.

Similarly, the 8lb Geoffroy's cat mated to a 12lb house cat creates the 30lb "safari cat" thanks to different chromosone counts in the parents (geoffroy's cat = 36, domestic cat = 38).



Safari cats were originally bred in the 70's as both companion animals and for use in leukimia research. Male safari cats are sterile, females are not (and have been used to create cats that are 75% Geoffroy's). It is estimated there are less than 30 in the world today.
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