Do animals in the wild ever interbreed?



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    Yes, they can. One instance reported by National Geographic is when two types of owls decided to interbreed. One of the owls is an endangered species and the interbreeding was a significant threat. Unfortunately, interbreeding happens more often when humans move animals around to places they would not otherwise be either by deforestation or other means. 

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    A good example of interbreeding among wild animals can be found among cheetahs. They have been reduced to such a small population by disease, habitat restriction, overhunting of prey, etc., that they now interbreed for survival of their species and are from a very small gene pool. There is also no mechanism for preventing interbreeding among lions. Interestingly, most alpha males and lionesses are related to one another.

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