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Bovid Hybrid - Bovid hybrid

A Bovid hybrid is a hybrid of two different members of the Bovid family.

Natural hybridizations

Both existing bison species are descended from hybrids. American bison ("buffalo") is descended from a mixture of the now extinct steppe bison and the wild yak. European bison (also known as wisents) come from the so-called "Higgs bison" (a piece about the Higgs boson), a hybrid of steppe bison and aurochs, which has also become extinct.

Artificial crossings

Bison / domestic cattle hybrids

The American bison and the European bison (wisent) were hybridized with domestic cattle. Carefully, this was originally done to revive the declining, wise population. First generation hybrid males are sterile, but females can be returned to either a wise man or a domestic bull to produce fertile males. Modern wise herds keep hybrids well isolated from pure white. However, since the modern purebred bison are descended from fewer than 2 dozen individuals, this has created a significant genetic bottleneck for the purebred bison.

European bison (wise) were also crossed with domestic cattle to produce the żubroń. These were first bred in Poland in 1847 as robust, disease-resistant alternatives to domestic cattle. Breeding ceased in the 1980s. The few remaining Zubrons are in the Bialowieski National Park.

American bull bison (American "buffalo") were crossed with domestic cattle to produce beefalo or cattalo. These vary in type and color, depending on the breed of cattle used, e.g. B. Herefords and Charolais (cattle), Holsteins (dairy products) or Brahmans (humpback cattle). Generally they are horned with strongly set fore quarters, sloping backs and lighter hind quarters. Beefalo has been back-crossed to bison and domestic cattle; Some of them resemble piebald bison with smooth coats and a mane hump. The aim is to produce high protein, low fat and low cholesterol beef in animals with "fewer humps and more rumps". Although bull bison / domestic cow crossbreeds are more common, bull / bison cow crossbreeds have a lower infant mortality rate (the cow's immune system can reject hybrid calves). Modern Beefalo include fertile bulls, making the Beefalo a variety of "improved cattle" with a dash of bison. There have been proposals to cross the Cape buffalo beefalo, although this idea essentially ended when the Cape buffalo was found to have 52 chromosomes (instead of 60 as in cattle and bison), meaning the hybrid would be unlikely to succeed. Bull and cow cattalos are in Wonders of Animal Life , edited by JA Hammerton (1930).

Mitochondrial DNA testing of the Custer State Park herd showed that 6% of the animals had bovine DNA traits, and Dr. Derr of Texas A&M University, who led a study on bison genetics, admitted that the "hybrid" animals tested were at least 15-20 generations from the original baseline and that these animals contained only 0.003% bovine DNA. This herd was founded in 1901 with a relatively small number of animals (<30). At the time, all of these animals were believed to be pure by physical phenotype analysis, but at least one animal with some bovine DNA must have been included in the original herd. No new animals have been introduced since the herd was formed, and in this closed genetic pool, cattle DNA exposure has not exceeded 6%, although many generations of animals have passed. It is not yet known why this bovine DNA did not affect a greater proportion of the herd or a higher percentage of surviving bovine DNA, but one theory suggests that purebred animals with bovine influence do not become as competitive as full-fledged. Blood animals and are less likely to become dominant herd bulls. Therefore, the hybrid bulls are less likely to reproduce in the wild than pure animals, which limits the spread of bovine DNA within the herd.

Not all public herds in the US and Canada were tested for bovine DNA, but the bison herd in Elk Island Plains, Canada, was tested as pure. Other public herd believed to be pure include the Yellowstone Park bison herd, the Henry Mountains bison herd, and the Wind Cave bison herd.

As DNA testing for purity has become available, there is a growing movement among bison ranchers to test their herds and kill animals that test positive for bovine DNA. The largest private herd in the world with over 50,000 animals is currently undergoing such a program. As similar programs gain momentum in smaller private herds, the level of hybridization in private herds is likely to decrease to very low levels as there will be no commercial profit from hybridization and both Canadian and American bison associations will Bison herds share the goal of maintaining purity.

Currently, however, most private herds have yet to be tested for bovine DNA, and the majority of bison in North America are in these private herds. Because these herds were built from the same original base as the public herds, it is possible that up to 6% of some herds contain bovine DNA. As a result, out of approximately 500,000 bison in North America, up to 30,000 bovine DNA is possible. Fortunately, this is a worst case figure as many basic herds have started feeding from purely public herds like Elk Island Park and the actual number of bison containing bovine DNA is likely to be significantly lower.

Yaks can also cross with bison; The hybrid offspring are occasionally kept by farmers in northern Alberta, where the snowy, cold winters require a cold-resistant animal.

In Tibet and Mongolia, yaks are often crossed with dairy cattle, what is called Dzo or Zho is known . The offspring are used as dairy cows when they are female or as oxen when they are male.

Intraspecific Bos- Hybrids

In the variation of animals and plants under domestication wrote Charles Darwin:

Bos primigenius and Longifrons have been classified as different species by almost all paleontologists. and it would not be reasonable to take a different view just because their domesticated offspring are now interbreeding with the utmost freedom. All European races have been crossed, intentionally and unintentionally, so often that any sterility that would have resulted from such unions would have been established with certainty. [...] The late Lord Powis imported some zebus and crossed them with common cattle in Shropshire; and his steward assured me that the crossbreeds were perfectly fertile with both parent herds. Mr. Blyth informs me that in India hybrids with varying proportions of both bloods are quite fertile; and [...] are allowed to reproduce freely.

The zebu, today Called Bos taurus indicus , is the common house cow in large parts of Asia. They have been mixed with other domestic cattle for millennia. Some breeds of zebu are derived from hybrids between zebu and yak, gaur and banteng. Zebu breeds are common with European cattle. In Brazil, the Chanchim breed consists of 5/8 Charolais and 3/8 Zebu and combines the meat quality and yield of the Charolais with the heat resistance of the zebu

Cattle / yak hybrids

A dzo that is ridden in Tibet

In India, Nepal, Tibet and Mongolia, cattle are crossed with yaks. This results in sterile male Dzo as well as fertile females that are bred to be cattle breeds. The "Dwarf Lulu" breed of cattle was tested for DNA markers and found to be a mixture of both types of cattle with yak genetics.

Water buffalo / domestic cattle hybrids

Water buffalo and domestic cattle cannot hybridize. In laboratory experiments, the embryos fail at the 8-cell stage.

Bison / yak hybrids

American bison was bred with the native Tibetan yak to make the yakalo. Domestic yak bulls mated with bison cows produced fully fertile offspring of both sexes. Male yak bred to beefalo produced fertile females and sterile males. The appearance of the Yak-X-bison hybrid is morphologically very reminiscent of bison latifrons.

Intra-specific bison hybrids

A herd of hybrid plains bison x wood bison lived wild in the Yukon, Canada. The wood bison is an independent subspecies that almost became extinct in the 20th century. Thousands of Plains bison were released to Wood Buffalo Park (a reserve for the Wood bison subspecies) between 1925 and 1928 in an attempt to save the subspecies of the Plains bison. They crossed easily and produced a herd of 12,000 by 1934. The wood bison was almost threatened with extinction. A small, genetically pure herd was rescued from an isolated area in 1959 and is now kept isolated from imported Plains bison. Unfortunately, recent genetic tests seem to indicate that these supposedly pure wood bison are also hybridized with the plains subspecies, although the majority of the genome is that of the "wood buffalo".

In an attempt to revive Caucasian wisdom, American and European bison were crossed. Some indicated that these hybrids should be considered a new subspecies Bison bonasus montanus (Polish) should be classified.


The Jumart is an alleged cattle-horse hybrid. Numerous early French scientists and veterinarians believed in their existence, and an animal husbandry manual even included illustrated instructions on how to make a veterinarian. The claims are little known (and considered mythical) elsewhere in the world. Horses belong to a different order (perissodactyls) than cattle, not just to a different family.

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