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Zoo paints stripes on donkeys and calls them zebras, student says

27 July 2018

In 2009 a zoo in Palestine reportedly painted two donkeys to replace zebras that had died.

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

Running makeup aside, the animals also sport distinctively pointy donkey ears and lack a zebra's black snout.

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A metaphorical stink was kicked up when a bloke called Mahmoud A. Sarhan visited the International Garden in Cairo at the weekend. 'It came to us and the other one didn't move, but when he came near to me, I realised from the first look that it was a painted donkey not a zebra. Or in this case, a donkey in zebra stripes.

The animals are at Cairo's International Garden municipal park. Sarhan said that two animals were in the enclosure, and they both appeared to have been painted.

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.

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Zoo director Mohamed Sultan told local radio station Nogoum FM that the zebra was not a fake.

This is not first time a zoo has been accused of trying to fool visitors. And in 2013, a Chinese zoo had a mastiff dog labelled as a Tibetan lion.

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Zoo paints stripes on donkeys and calls them zebras, student says