Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Zoo accused of painting donkeys to look like zebras

Zoo accused of painting donkeys to look like zebras

Unable to find a way around the Israeli blockade, a zoo in Gaza painted two donkeys to look like zebras in 2009.

Mahmoud Sarhani said: "When we went to the zebra side, there was only one zebra".

The picture shows a suspicious-looking animal, with a lighter snout and longer ears than a typical zebra's.

Mahmoud Sarhan posted an image on Facebook with the animal at Cairo's International Garden municipal park, and it has more than a passing resemblance to a donkey.

Some who saw the photo have pointed out that zebras have a large, shaggy mane and shorter, rounded ears that the creature in the Cairo exhibit. Zebra stripes are straighter and more consistent, they said.

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Officials at an Egyptian zoo are denying allegations that two zebras on display are in fact donkeys painted with black and white stripes.

The International Garden zoo denied the animal is a fake.

Sarhan's snaps of the donkey-zebra (don-bra? zeb-key?) quickly went viral, prompting vets and animal experts around the world to chip in with their educated opinions that no, that's definitely not a zebra.

"The zebra is real and not painted", Mohammed Sultan told Egypt's Youm 7 news channel.

It wouldn't be the first time that this has happened. In 2013, a zoo in China's Henan province claimed a Tibetan mastiff dog as an African lion.

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