A Buffalo-horse Hybrid?

Mammalian Hybrids


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The old news report below, about a buffalo-horse hybrid, is anonymously authored and does not give the names of any of the actors in the story. It would therefore be unreliable even if the hybrid described were ordinary, which of course it is not. The story appeared on the front page, column 6, of the July 25, 1892 issue of the Grand Rapids Herald, a newspaper published in Grand Rapids, Michigan (access source). It also appeared in numerous other newspapers around the United States. This account is included here, not because it is reliable, but rather because it is the only report of such a hybrid encountered in a search for reports of avian and mammalian hybrids that has lasted for many years. As such, it needs to be filed away under the heading of this cross.

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By the same author: Handbook of Avian Hybrids of the World, Oxford University Press (2006).

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