Egyptian zoo busted painting donkeys to look like zebras

Mahmoud Sarhan

The striped donkey was first spotted by student Mahmoud A.Sarhani during his visit to the zoo.

Mahmoud Sarhan with the "zebra".

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

It prompted others to go down and have a look, with video of the alleged equine frauds clocking up more than 180,000 views on Facebook after being shared by Reza Abdel-Naim Amin.

As well as being smaller than usual and with pointy ears, it appears the "zebra" has some black smudges on its face. 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". Zebras, meanwhile, are primarily known for their black-and-white stripes. But Mr Sarhan said: 'I realised from the first look that it was a painted donkey.

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And thirdly, even a rudimentary glance upon the animal would tell you the stripes look very unusual and smudged on the face, not like the majestic zebra we all know and love.

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.

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However, the zoo has denied that the zebra was fake.

And in 2013, a zoo in China tried to pass off a dog as a lion.

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But zoo director Mohamed Sultan insisted that they were zebras, reported BBC.

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