TIL that African elephants can interbreed with Asian elephants, despite not being in the same genus. The only recorded hybrid, named Motty, died after 10 days however

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It looks like he died because his umbilical cord got infected, thats crazy.


This is true, but it’s rare because they don’t like being in long distance relationships.


Rip motty


> despite not being in the same genus Biology generally doesn’t care how we classify animals, it just does as it does. Then again, generally animals are considered separate species if they can’t make fertile offspring. So the different classification is correct.


I have so many questions? Did they try to instigate another? What would a grown version of Motty be like? Would he be an uberphant? All the powers of Asian and African with none of the weaknesses (if any).