A - Pangolin
B - Liger
C - Mule
D - Wholphin
Answer: A – Pangolin
What do you get when you cross a dog and a cat? Well, nothing, other than a probably pissed off cat. That’s because most species cannot be bred with a different species. Genetics just doesn’t work like that. But like the lovable mutts you’ll find at the animal shelter, some species are close enough to each other that they can be bred to create a hybrid. Combine a lion and a tiger and you’ll get liger cubs. The mule has been helping out on farms for centuries thanks to the benefits of its donkey/horse parentage. Even the exotic-sounding jagleop is the product of a jaguar and a leopard or a wholphin is a rare dolphin and whale combo. The pangolin, on the other hand? Just a funny-looking animal.
A Philippine Pangolin pup nudges its mother, rolled up in a protective ball. Photographed in the forests of Palawan.
A Philippine pangolin pup and its mother, a critically endangered species endemic to the Palawan island group. It is threatened by illegal poaching for the pangolin trade to China and Vietnam where it is regarded as a luxury medicinal delicacy.