Cairo Zoo Denies Its Zebras Are Really Donkeys With Painted Stripes

Egyptian zoo ‘paints donkey’ to look like zebra

The freakish creature was spotted by student Mahmoud A.Sarhani who was visiting the recently opened animal sanctuary at the International Garden municipal park.

Sarhan said that the zoo's two zebras were obviously painted donkeys, a view that has since been embraced by online animal experts. He may be in for a surprise-zebra stripes are shaped differently, and don't come off on your hand when you touch them.

Mr Sarhan told Extranews that the enclosure contained two animals and that both had been painted.

While different zebra species exhibit significant variability in size, stripe patterns, and snout colorings, their stripes typically do not smudge.

This particular "zebra" for example, lacked the distinctive mane and long ears associated with the African animal.




The post quickly went viral in Egypt, clocking up more than 10,000 likes.

A closer look confirmed these suspicions while highlighting the fact it was clearly a donkey that had been painted to appear as a zebra.

Other zoos have also been accused of trying to gray the area between zebras and donkeys.

"When a visitor went to the cage of the "lion" at the zoo in Louhe, a city in Henan, they heard a loud bark", says the Mail.

In 2013, a Chinese zoo was criticized for trying to pass off a large dog as a lion.

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