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    Roe/Sheep Hybrids?

    I was having a browse on the net and stumbled across an article on the Wiki about roe deer.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roe_deer

    The bit that really got my attention was this

    Hybridization

    Reports have suggested that roe deer can interbreed with some types of domestic ruminants. As an example, there have been alleged reports about interbreeding between roe deer and domestic sheep (the genus Ovis).[5]
    The source quoted for this was "Gray A.P., Mammalian Hybrids, Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux: Farnham Royal, Bucks, England, 1972."

    Presumably if this is correct, some of you may have heard about it before? If so, has anyone here seen such a hybrid?

    Regards
    T_T

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan_Terrier View Post
    I was having a browse on the net and stumbled across an article on the Wiki about roe deer.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roe_deer

    The bit that really got my attention was this



    The source quoted for this was "Gray A.P., Mammalian Hybrids, Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux: Farnham Royal, Bucks, England, 1972."

    Presumably if this is correct, some of you may have heard about it before? If so, has anyone here seen such a hybrid?

    Regards
    T_T
    This would make a classic 1st of April

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    Exactly! I know it's wikipedia and anyone can edit it, but even so I thought it was odd, especially since that part of the article has been there since May without being removed.

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    The last time I heard of attempted cross breeding with sheep, the "breeder" got hmself arrested
    A clever man knows his strengths, a wise man knows his weaknesses

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    I have lived with Roe for over 50 years and never seen or heard of this.
    They belong to a totally different Genus and personally I would consider such cross breeding as impossible.
    Furthermore in view of the vast numbers of both Sheep and Roe mathematically this should be common-place if it was genetically possible.

    HWH.

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    this guy A.P. Gray was clearly talking hypothetically - Frankenterritory. I found another study which refers to him and I quote
    "This hypothesis has the corollary that if lethal immunological
    interaction between mother and fetus were circumvented,
    hybrids between mammalian species pairs as distinct in protein
    sequence as the frog pairs of Table 2 should be obtainable.
    The consequence is staggering, as this would mean that mammalian
    species pairs with albumin immunological distances
    of up to 50 units would often be similar enough at the molecular
    level to form viable hybrids once the postulated immunonatuslogical barrier were eliminated. Such pairs of mammals include:
    (1) Any pair of anthropoid primates (17-19), e.g., man
    and monkey
    ; (2) Any pair of arctoid carnivores (14), e.g., dog
    and seal; (3) Any pair of pecoran artiodactyls (V. M. Sarich,
    A. Bennett, and A. C. Wilson, unpublished albumin studies),
    e.g., sheep and giraffe.

    Whilst I believe sheep and roe or sheep and giraffe (the mind boggles) are in the realm of fiction, I have seen many an example of man and monkey

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    Oh I don't know....

    Anyone willing to put a couple of viagra in the feeder and tying up a few sheep in the vicinity?

    All in the name of science.

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    I wonder if it would be tasty to eat?

  9. #9
    This A P Gray, was he Welsh by any chance?

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    And what would you call it, a sheer or a deep?

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