A dog has successfully bred with a fox to create a hybrid animal in a rare scientific discovery from Brazil.
In 2021, an animal was brought to the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul veterinary hospital after it was struck by a car.
The breed of the female was unable to be identified by staff, as she appeared to have the physical characteristics of both a dog and a fox.
Their confusion led to the arrival of scientists from surrounding universities who analysed the genetics of the animal in order to determine what she was.
Sadly, she died earlier this year of unknown causes, but scientists have now determined where she came from.
The results of her genetic makeup have revealed that the female animal is believed to be the world’s first dog-fox hybrid.
Experts say her mother was a pampas fox while a domestic dog was the father. The rare hybrid animal has been nicknamed a “graxorra” and “dogxim”. The first word comes from the Portuguese common name for the pampas fox, “graxaim-do-campo”. Meanwhile, “cachorra” translates to “female dog”.
Fox/Dog Hybrid Discovered In Brazil\n\nScientists claim that this is the first time they have encountered such a cross-breed in the wild, and have named it dogxim. \n\nThe creature was brought to the experts after he was hit by a car in 2021. \nRT