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Zoo Denies Allegations That It Painted A Donkey To Look Like Zebra

Zoo Denies Allegations That It Painted A Donkey To Look Like Zebra

The alleged donkey-painting zoo in Egypt has denied attempting to trick people into believing the animal was a zebra after pictures of its smudged stripey face went viral.

Sky News have reported that Egyptian student, Mahmoud Sarhan, 18, was visiting the International Garden in Nasr City, Cairo, when he spotted the suspiciously-striped creature.

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Stripe the difference. Credit: PA/Facebook
Stripe the difference. Credit: PA/Facebook

When Mahmoud took a closer look at the 'zebra' he quickly realised he was actually looking at an ass.

He got a few pictures because let's face it, who would believe that a zoo - y'know, the places that showcase animals from across the globe - would paint a donkey?

Mahmoud explained: "From the first sight I knew that it was a donkey, not a zebra, as I'm an artist.

"I know the shape of a donkey and I know the shape of zebras, so it was easy to know."

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The image went viral an it even led to experts examining the 'zebra' and giving a verdict on the exact nature of the animal.

We'll tell you in short form - it's a fucking painted donkey.

Credit: Facebook
Credit: Facebook

We might as well explain how we know it's a donkey - Alex Adams, a wildlife biologist and researcher at Colorado State University, said there was no doubt it was something other than a zebra.

Yes Alex, my friend - it's a farmyard animal.

According to the Independent he said: "The stripes (on a zebra) are always defined, never smudged, and zebras can be small but never that small.

"The ears are rounded, not oblong and pointy, and of course zebras have black skin, answering that age-old question of them being black with white stripes."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

But, Sky News reported that when local radio station Nogoumfm.net contacted the zoo's director, Mohamed Sultan, who denied that the animal was a donkey.

I mean, c'mon now. Who in the right mind would first of all paint stripes on to a donkey and then go on to admit what they had done? It's common sense really isn't it, deny all knowledge of it ever happening.

The more he says it, the more he'll believe it.

His comment came as the Egyptian news site Extranews.tv sent images of the animal to a local vet named 'Dr N', who pointed out that zebras usually have a black nose and mouth area. Well this isn't awks.

To be fair, academics, vets and zebra/donkey experts could have been screaming at us 'this is a zebra' and we still wouldn't believe them. When you know, you know.

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Topics: Funny, Weird, Animals

Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]

 

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