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Zoo Attempts To Pass Off Painted Donkey As A Zebra

Zoo Attempts To Pass Off Painted Donkey As A Zebra

The animal was spotted at a zoo in Cairo, but he zoo's owner claim its legit

Claire Reid

Claire Reid

There are some legendary 'eureka' moments which have earned themselves a firm place within the history books - Sir Issac Newton and his falling apple, Sir Alexander Fleming and his mouldy petri dish and now whoever it was at this zoo who painted a donkey to look like a zebra. Genius. Pure genius.


The 'zebra' was spotted at a Cairo zoo by Mahmoud A. Sarhani earlier this month. Mahmoud was intrigued by the odd-looking animal so took a closer look only to realise he was looking at an ass.

The donkey appears to lack the distinctive mane rocked by Marty in Madagascar and other zebras, and it also seems to have longer donkey-like ears than the stripey boys have.

And let's not ignore the fact that it blatantly has some smudged paint across its face there, either.


The animal, which must have a serious case of Imposter Syndrome, appears happy enough in the photographs and it doesn't seem to be suffering any ill-effects from its makeover, which is good.

After sharing the footage online, Mahmoud found his pictures going viral and it wasn't long before local media picked up the zoo's funny attempt at trying to pass off a donkey as a zebra; prompting vets and other animal experts to come forward to say that the animal is most definitely a donkey.

However, the director of the zoo, Mohamed Sultan, says the zebra is legit.

So, I think we all need to stop questioning; of course it's a zebra, look at it? That's a zebra. Have you never seen a zebra before? They look just like this, alright? Case closed.


As an aside, there is a sub-set of animals called zebroids (which is lovely to say) that are the offspring of a zebra and any other equine mammal.

So, if a male zebra and a female horse have a baby together, you've got yourself a zorse and if you fancy a zony, you'll need to cross-breed a male zebra with a female pony. Zonkeys are the product of a zebra and a donkey getting it on, however, that's not what we're dealing with here. This is just a zebra, sorry to disappoint.

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Topics: Weird, Animals