I was watching Nightline last night and there was a story on interesting animal hybrids. These include Zedonks, Beefalos, Wholpins, and–as made famous in Napoleon Dynamite–ligers. Besides the obvious appeal of creating something never seen before, is it worthwhile to create these hybrids?
One “expert” said that creating these crossbreeds upset the natural order of things. Why do humans need to create these species mixes for their own entertainment?
Nevertheless, I support the liger. Any individual liger would certainly not argue that they didn’t have the right to exist. Just because the liger appears “odd” or “unnatural” to certain experts, doesn’t mean that the liger isn’t equally as worthwhile of recognition as the more popular lions and tigers. In fact, the man who bred the ligers said that they appear to be larger, stronger, and to live longer than either a lion or tiger. Ligers may be weird, but they are not unnatural.
In the human world, the “breeding” of blacks and whites to create mulattoes was once seen as against the natural order as well.