Zoo accused of painting donkeys to look like zebras

Frederick Owens
July 27, 2018

Since the photos went viral, a number of vets in the country were quick to confirm that the animal was indeed a donkey.

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.

An Egyptian zoo was busted trying to pass off painted donkeys as zebras - but is refusing to admit that the animals are obvious frauds.

Mahmoud Sarhan posted an image on Facebook with the animal at Cairo's International Garden municipal park, and it has more than a passing resemblance to a donkey.

Mr Sarhan said the enclosure was home to two animals, both which he says were painted.

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Secondly, a slight tuft of jet black hair on the donkey, rather than the larger shaggier mane a zebra usually has on the nape of its neck. The "stripes" on the photographed animal also appeared to have smudged in the heat.

But zoo director Mohamed Sultan insisted to local media that they're genuine zebras, according to the BBC.

A zookeeper has allegedly painted black stripes onto donkeys to make them look like zebras.

It's not the only time a zoo has filled an exhibit with something other than what's on the sign.

Weeks later, another Guangxi zoo drew condemnation for displaying plastic butterflies.

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