Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Zoo denies that 'zebra' is a donkey painted black and white

Mahmoud Sarhan an Egyptian student posted Mahmoud Sarhan an Egyptian student posted
Ray Hunter | 27 July, 2018, 20:13

A zoo in Egypt has denied an animal displayed as a zebra is actually just a donkey painted white with black stripes, after photos of it appeared online.

Aside from its small size and pointy ears, there were also black smudges on its face.

Sarhan took pictures of the animal, whose stripes were smudged across its face, and smeared unevenly in other places.

Mahmoud Sarhan recently visited the International Garden, a municipal park in Cairo, and immediately became suspicious of the animals in the zebra exhibit. The zoo says zebra but the visitor says donkey. The animal in the photograph has a grey snout.

Zoo visitor Mahmoud Sarhan spotted what he said was a donkey painted to look like a zebra at Cairo's International Garden public park.

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This is not the first time that a zoo has been accused of trying to fool its audience.

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

A vet in Egypt told local media that the spacing of the stripes are wrong, and the muzzle should be completely black.

However, BBC reports that when contacted by a local radio station, the zoo's director insisted that the animal was not a fake. In 2013, a zoo in China's Henan province claimed a Tibetan mastiff dog as an African lion.

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