Zoo Accused Of Painting Donkeys To Look Like Zebras, Denies Charge

Mahmoud Sarhan

In spite of the visible evidence of a paint job, zoo director Mohamed Sultan denied the claims and assured local radio station Nogoum FM that the animal, and a similar companion in the enclosure, were in fact zebras, reports Newsweek.

"The stripes (on a zebra) are always defined, never smudged, and zebras can be small but never that small", Adams explained to the Independent.

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

Sarhan's pics of the suspicious zebras went viral after he posted them on Facebook.

A zoo in Cairo, Egypt, has denied accusations it painted a donkey with black stripes to pass it off as a zebra after a curious observer posted a photo of the animal online.

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"The ears are rounded, not oblong and pointy, and of course zebras have black skin, answering that age-old question of them being black with white stripes".

However, a veterinarian told news outlet Extranews that he concurred with the disgruntled student, pointing out that real zebras have black snouts, not striped ones.

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A zoo in Gaza couldn't get zebras into the area because of the blockade in 2009.

After reviewing the images, a leader with the animal activist group PETA disagreed that this animal was well taken care of.

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In 2013, a Chinese zoo put a Tibetan mastiff dog in the African lion display.

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