Look out – here comes the tird!

Posted by Laura
 
First to hit the headlines was the zorse (half-zebra, half-horse), now there’s a media flurry surrounding the liger (half-lion, half-tiger). Though such creatures are not entirely new, the recent fascination over these two animal hybrids has more than a whiff of the mythical about it. If you want to see them for yourself, we have video evidence of both the zorse and liger to prove it.
 
The animal kingdom has come a long way since Carl Linnaeus’s time, but it’s not entirely a surprise that scientists are now able to experiment with nature in a life-imitates-art sort of way. It is still firmly in the realms of fantasy to fuse man and horse to make a centaur or create a Medusa-like, snake-haired woman (though I would like to give this look a try just the once) yet the world’s fascination with hybrid animals shows there’s scope out there for much more curious creatures to be born.
 
This scares me a little. It’s not that I truly believe, hand on heart, new monstrous life forms are about to change the face of the planet – although the power of evolution cannot be underestimated. It is more that I find interfering with the evolutionary process unnerving. I’m no scientist, nor am I an animal lover, which is probably why a) my imagination knows no bounds of what is possible so is not ruling out the most hideous beasts being ‘scientifically manufactured’ in future, and b) the progenies of my imaginings are not cute, fluffy, puppy-meets-kitten hybrids, but hideous mutations of my worst nightmares.
 
There’s the snark – a horrific snake/shark incarnation that not only swims, but chases you up the beach when you try to flee the water. And the worst one? The tird – a slimy, burpy, warty toad crossed with a bird – which combines my two worst fears into one huge flying, pecking amphibious wretch. Hitchcock could’ve had a field day if he’d introduced a few of those to the set of The Birds.
 
Imagination is getting the better of me. One story about a liger and my mind conjures up all sorts of impossible beings. However, committing thoughts to print somehow has an eerie way of jinxing them into becoming possible reality (just look at Orwell), so if the tirds ever come invading from the skies I’ll be the first one running for cover.
 
What would your most fearsome hybrid animal be? Let us know your thoughts.
 
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82 Responses to Look out – here comes the tird!

  1. lee says:

    note to editor: a toad is not a reptile…… 

  2. Liam says:

    Why has there never been any attempts at mixing Komodo Dragons with Crocodiles? 
     
    Or even selective breeding super apes?  (perhaps the Planet of the Apes films was a warning against such things)
    Soviet Scientists did attempt human/ape under the direction oof Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov but it never amounted to anything.
     
     
    But the most dangerous of all hybrids would be in mixing a human with a human!  It would create a vile creature that could potentially destroy the world.

  3. Polly says:

    In his epic poem "The Hunting of the Snark", Lewis Carroll gave the some excellent advice on dealing with this particular creature. The correct procedure for hunting a snark is as follows:
    "You seek it with thimbles, you seek it with care, You pursue it with forks and hope. You threaten its life with a railway share. You charm it with smiles and soap."
     
    Although also well known for his observations on the jub-jub bird and the jabberwock, as far as I am aware Mr Carroll did not make any studies of the liger or tird.

  4. Unknown says:

    A toad\’s not a reptile… It\’s an amphibian =PBut my worst fear would be a caterpillar crossed with a seagull. I HATE birds, and caterpillars are horrible 😦

  5. Richard says:

    There is, of course, the Mule; a hybrid that strikes fear into the heart of many. Male donkey + female horse. Good thing most hybrids are sterile and therefore cannot take over the world!

  6. Laura says:

    I stand corrected. A toad is indeed an amphibian not a reptile. Apologies for my obvious error and thanks for pointing it out!

  7. Gerard says:

    I would like to make a request to gentically engineer Beyonce Knowles and Dannii Minogue to make a Beyonce Minogue… please!!
     
    If I can\’t have that, then it would have to be a Peregrine Falcon and a Great White Shark…. The infamous \’Falcon Shark\’ that preys on the Turkey Cows along the west coast of Ireland. Also, known to have attacked and killed the Gaints living on The north coast of Co Antrim.
     
    Amazing and true!!

  8. Unknown says:

    the snark is my worst nightmare…i am absolutely petrified of snakes, well anythin that has no legs or too many legs (ie more than 4!)  so centipedes make my skin crawl as well.  i have nightmares of snakes being on my fllor at night so the idea that a sunny day at the beach could mean i am at risk of a snark comin for me…well all i can say is thank the scientists for self tan products!

  9. Unknown says:

    Am i the only person who feels its wrong to play God. We should not be messing with this kind of stuff. Twenty years ago the idea of making hybrid Animals was something dark, something youd see mad sciantists creating in movies. Now it seems perfectly fine, but i ask "where will it end"?

  10. Anna says:

     I already have one in my house I call it the wider could be spasp tho and its totally scaring me its a spider and wasp hybrid or at least it looks like that yeuch! Thank god it can\’t fly i hate spiders they totally creep me out and wasps urgh! and it is huge for a house spider as in almost palm of the hand size big body v. scary.

  11. Mark says:

    cross a human with a chimpanzee, to get a chuman, or a humanzee. keep crossing them until you are left with a creature that has the strength of a chimpanzee, and the intelligence of a human. then clone this perfect individual hundreds of times, and there u have it. the perfect \’world domination army\’. enjoy.

  12. Nicola says:

    i think this is great as long as they dont go too far and create something that wipes out the whole human race!!

  13. lynette says:

    LIAM………YOU SAID MIXING  HUMANS WITH HUMANS WOULD CREATE A VILE CREATURE……SUNSHINE HUMANS ARE ALREADY VILE THATS WHY , THE WORLD IS DYING.
    THEY SAY THAT HUMANS CRAWLED OUT THE SEA…WELL MAYBE WE SHOULD ALL  NAFF OF BACK TO IT AND DROWN.
     
     
     
     

  14. Ali says:

    i think it\’s wrong too, not because i\’m scared of a super hybrid animal or anything like that, just because it\’s not our place to do that! It\’s not like engineering things to find a cure for a disease or messing with things to make life better for us, it\’s just plain curiosity, which although not a bad trait, when you are messing with animals and things, is it not a form of animal testing? We don\’t know how it will affect the hybrids until they are already created

  15. sandeep says:

    i think the best animal would be a Chig (chicken-pig) how tasty would that be 😀
    i would hate a Lisp (lion wasp) its a flying lion with claws and teeth and a sting and those anoying eyes, and it would be huge 😦

  16. The Legendary Gemini Elf says:

    This sounds like some sort of horror movie…but then, our race is always trying to reach "new scientific heights"
    A snark DOES sound horrible *Shudders* But a shark whale would be worse (if it was carnivorous) It\’d be like the Liopleurodon\’s of the Dinosaur period.
    Still, chances are that trying to breed two creatures that aren\’t alike (like a bird and a fish) would end in faliure

  17. Unknown says:

    My worst nightmare would have to be a Butter-spider!
    The very thought of butterflies with their giant winding proboscus and furry body & head with little antenae with giant spindly archnid legs that flies about or lands and crawls up your trouserleg…aaah!
    Its like something out of a Tim Burton film!

  18. mick says:

    Cross something with a saltwater crocodile to make it warm blooded and they would dominate the whole of the planets oceans making a dip in the sea or a bit of sunbathing on the beach a thing of the past. Imagine the cast of Baywatch looking like a bunch of amputees hobbling up the beach with load of crocs in hot pursuit.

  19. Gerard says:

    Hi, its me again; \’Donkey Kong\’. I have to tell you all a little secret. I\’m actually a dog…. Yes a dog!! Its not so bad being a dog really, as long as I get fed on time and I get let out now and again. Me and me Bit*h were talking bout this earlier and she (Patch… how original!) wreckons that Snarks actually exist. Apparently, one evening while she was out fetching a stick in the sea this big Snark snook up behind her and poked her on the bum. See… you learn something new every day. Snarks, they actually exist…. Amazing!!Bye now and WOOF, WOOF !!!

  20. james says:

    the worst 1 would, in my opinion, be a cross between an especially aggresive grizzly bear and a rat… they would be massive an disgustin, and breed uncontrollably, liveing in our sewers and stuff, imagine one of them just tearing into your house haveing smashed apart the plumbing

  21. Daniel says:

    What about a crane fly (daddy long legs) and a moth.  That would make for the ultimate night time home invader, personal space invader and down-right nuisance.  I have never known two more irritating creatures.  They have no respect for your personal space and just fly aimlessly into you.  Where are they going and what are they doing?  Also, never trust a creature that sleeps during the day, yet follows your light when it comes out in the dark…  if it likes the light so much, why not come out in the day time…  It wouldn\’t make the most feared creature, but it would make the most irritating, the most pointless and possbily (after humans) the most stupid.

  22. Gareth says:

    The animal kingdom has come a long way since Carl Linnaeus\’s time..
     
    Yes dear, keep taking the journalism classes, there\’s a position in the Daily Star\’s features department just around the corner.
     
     
     
       

  23. Glenn says:

    Perhaps a hybrid human would be accomplished at grammar and spelling?  That would have a profound impact on this sort of website.

  24. aria says:

    cross my boss with a brain, NOW there\’s a terrifying thought….lol sorry John (ya thicko git!)…lol

  25. STEVE says:

    just cross my 2 x wives that will do it

  26. fred says:

     
    With the DNA samples like thry are there likely to make a new DIANA

  27. zeb says:

    I have always wondered if their was money to made from breeding Zebras with Gazelles. Surely this would give me Gazebo\’s. Just a thought……..

  28. Unknown says:

    er I don\’t want to be the bearer of bad news but while we can\’t cross a snake and a shark yet we can actually put tomato genes in fish and vice versa, meaning we can create some pretty wierd combinations, I had to write two speeches on genetic engineering (one for one against) for an english project almost two years ago and reread them recently so do know what I\’m on about, and my info is two years old now, imagine how wierd our latest experiments are….
    I find it plain freaky, let the ligers and zorse\’s live their lives but trying to breed the things is insane, you know theres also a tigon? another tiger lion cross, gives you two totally different sterile animals though, ligers had a lion father tiger mother, tigons have a tiger father and a lion mother, tigons are a lot rarer and grow to a much smaller size though (ligers never stop growing).
    I can\’t see why we\’re trying to mess with everything, the way I see it humans are natures worst ever experiment, nature created us, probably a mistake it regrets now (if nature could regret i can guarantee it would regret humans ever existing), we\’re destroying the planet, half the species on it and are messing with things well beyond our control. One day we\’re going to find we\’ve created something thats well overdue that will wipe out the entire race, and to be honest terrified as i\’ll be, unless it completes the destruction of the planet then it\’ll be a good thing.

  29. Christopher says:

    There could also be beetles crossing with ladybirds, or even using dinosaur DNA from bones crossed with ravegous animals we have today, now that would be freaky!

  30. andrew says:

    Just a thought, but what if you crossed a crab with a spider; then you\’d have a spider crab!Oh no they already exist don\’t they!If they ever tried crossing a tree with an animal, I\’m sure it wooden bother anyone!

  31. Colin says:

    i\’d be fearfull if you crossed a cat with a dog and called it a cog or a dat.  Imagine something that climbs trees to get a stick do it can play "fetch", not scared of water & shits in a tray.  wow scary stuff.

  32. Colin says:

    i\’d be fearfull if you crossed a cat with a dog and called it a cog or a dat.  Imagine something that climbs trees to get a stick do it can play "fetch", not scared of water & shits in a tray.  wow scary stuff.

  33. Unknown says:

    They already have hybrid people.  Many years ago they genetically modified chimpanzees and interbred them with geordies (\’Gimps\’) and brought the hybrids up as people.  Social behaviour didn\’t change that much although more empty beer cans were thrown from treetops instead of car windows.  Curiously enough, schools in the northeast reported a dramatic improvement in examination results.  The same experiment was repeated in Merseyside resulting in \’Scimps\’ (scouse/chimps).  The Scimps were able to string a coherent sentence together.

  34. d says:

    A lesser spotted, stickle backed, hammer headed, venomous, flying, gnarl beaver cross bred with a 4 assed mountain dwelling hairy angler. The hairy angler is scary enough = http://www.imagequest3d.com/catalogue/deepsea/pages/l043.htm
     
    **there was a French philosoper who once theorised that thoughts are \’nomilogical danglers\’ that hang from our brain. Therefore a hairy angler would have nomilogical danglers too right?

  35. Jonathan says:

    Read Atwoods\’ Oryx and Crake. The Rakunk (Racoon/Skunk), Wolvog (Wolf/Dog) and Pigoon (Never guessed that one, but its pig/something) all feature. And it\’s great!

  36. joe says:

    I reckon the freakiest would be a cross between a wasp and a tarantula. Just the thought of a giant stripy and hairy 8 legged flying insect is scary

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