An inter-species romance apparently has taken root in an animal park in southwestern China. Changmao the male sheep and Chunzi the deer are reportedly now inseparable, at Yunnan Animal Park.

Staff at the animal center posted a question on their blog about the ethics of allowing the relationship to continue. They can’t reproduce, so the inclination seems to be to not separate them. One of the animal keepers there said, “The sheep and the deer have been in love with each other since last year.” (Source: Google News)

Inter-species mating has been thought of by some as simply animal blunders, but it might be part of an evolutionary process which sometimes produces hybrid animals that are capable of reproducing.

“A growing number of studies has been presented as evidence that two animal species can combine to produce a third, sexually viable species in a process known as hybrid speciation. Newly identified examples include both insects and fish.” (Source: NationalGeographic)

Responses to "Sheep and Deer Fall in Love"

  1. Anonymous says:

    So cute!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I don't see the harm in them being allowed to continue. Otherwise when animals are taken away from their chosen mate they often refuse to eat and may even possibly end up starving themselves to death

  3. FulviaChristine says:

    What wonder friends and partners they are for each other !

  4. John says:


Write a comment