Zoo accused of painting a donkey, passing it off as a zebra

Egyptian zoo accused passing off donkey zebra

Egyptian zoo accused passing off donkey zebra

Mr Sarhan captured a photo of the animal that appears to show black smudges smeared across its face.

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.

In July 2018, a student named Mahmoud Sarhan posted a photograph to social media of what was described as a zebra on display at Egypt's International Garden municipal park.

In 2009, after two zebras died of starvation in a Gaza zoo, the owner painted two white donkeys with black stripes in a bid to pass them off as zebras.

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Mahmoud Sarha posed for a photo with the questionable zebra. He wrote in Arabic: "The stupidity has reached in the country that they brought a local donkey and painted it to look like a zebra".

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

Oh, and the black paint around its face had been smudged in the heat. The accusations came after a visitor to the zoo took a picture and shared it online of less-than-stellar looking zebra.

This isn't the first time a zoo has tried to pull the wool over visitor's eyes. In 2013, a zoo in China's Henan province claimed a Tibetan mastiff dog as an African lion.

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