Monday, September 9, 2013

Crossbreeding can make critters cross


How could they do this to a pig?
The pig on the right is 'way too big,
And covered all over in wild boar hair,
Which, seems to me, is not too fair.

For a pig should be slippery pink
And cool itself by a roll in the mud—
How many baths, what do you think
This hairy pig needs to get rid of mud-crud?

And the poor pig at left
similarly crossbred—
achieved the boar’s nose
and its temper instead.

Scratching the grey pig’s back with a hand
Might be satisfying to pig and to man,
But petting the brown pig 'tween its ears
Would conjure up  nightmarish fears.

However, in waterfowl, crossbreeding doesn't seem to be quite the disadvantage to the critter as it would seem to be in the case of pigs and boars.

Crossing a wood duck (right) with a rosybill (lower right) seems to want to produce a very pretty duck known as Netto Peposaca (bottom, centre).

Posted for

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at the
Imaginary Garden
with Real Toads

Netto Peposaca and other photos from Wikimedia Commons


Jo said...

Ewgh! We actually have Lovebirds in East Africa. Fischer's Lovebirds were introduced to Kenya and they hybridise with Yellow-collared Lovebirds. Have a great day. Jo

Vandana Sharma said...

Very nicely depicted the pros and cons of genetic engineering :)

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
So glad you told us the second was pig - I was seeing a foxy thing!! Nor would I have thought that third duck was product of the first two... Nicely portrayed!

Yesterday's piccies were also fabulous. Loved the little story - my kinda stuff as you know!! &*> YAM xx

jabblog said...

Cross-breeding presents all sorts of problems, emphasising problems and creating others.

Kerry O'Connor said...

I had no idea that birds could cross-breed in nature.

Debi Swim said...

Interesting observation on the pigs. The info on the ducks is fascinating - what a pretty offspring is created. Thanks for this.

retriever said...

Best regard from belgium, and paws from my two golden Cerise,and zitablue "13,5 years ago'

Susan said...

Cross-breeding in species other than my own makes me cross when it's lab created and not naturally chosen. These poor pig/boar! What did the jailers hope to gain?

Jinksy said...

Why would anyone want to change a duck? Or a pig, come to that...

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oy, that poor brown hybrid looks most unhappy with his genetics. And poor huge Mr Pig-Boar. Interesting, Kay.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I wrote a poem today, for son, Jesse's engagement. He's visiting tomorrow. Finally.
He brought his dad home from the hospital and is sleeping over. I have a hospice respite client. What pressure?!

Jim said...

Nice issue poem, Kay. I am for hybrids and genetic engineering though. Economics comes into play very much in agriculture.
Besides that there are all those old jokes, like "what do you get when you cross a camel with an angry grasshopper?"

Cross breeding has been going a long time, my high school FFA pigs were half Hampshires and half spotted Poland Chinas. Breeds of animals are cross bred for emphesis on the best characteristics of each breed.

Hampshires are longer so have more bacon. The spotted Poland Chinas are fast growing and get larger than the average hog. They are a cross breed themselves, being perfected in 1816.

Plants are also cross bred so that we have hybrids, like roses. They are bigger, brighter, and easier to grow than the old straight line antique roses. But the antique roses are hardier.

Margaret said...

...after reading Jim's comment, I must say I am on the fence with this issue. I'm curious what the end result/purpose was by doing the crossbreeding in the first place.

I think of horses crossbreeding with donkeys - Mules are one of the sweetest animals on the planet and have helped man immensely (granted, they can't reproduce - which might account for their easy going nature :)

Anonymous said...

I can understand the scientific curiosity of crossbreeding, I suppose, but I do wish we would stop tinkering with nature. I think the mule was an accident, no? I don't think it was intentional, but if I'm wrong let me know.

My sister is a breeder of purebred dogs and that is a whole 'nother gripe of mine, because the inbreeding is detrimental to the creatures' health.

Still, this was a provocative, interesting post with terrific pix, so thanks, Kay! aMY

Jim said...

Hi Kaye ~~ I came back to see how the feeling was going here. I am smiling [:)], you sure know how to stir up things.

BTW, I finally posted a little ditty, not great but it's what I have.

Kay said...

I agree about the birds, that's for sure.