Egyptian zoo accused of painting donkey to look like a zebra

Hannah Rogers
July 27, 2018

After noticing one of the "zebras" in the pen had an unusual black smudge on its face he posted a photo of himself with the animal on Facebook.

In response to an inquiry from the Egyptian radio station Nogoum FM, the zoo insisted that the animal is not a painted donkey, the BBC reported. Oh yes, and their stripes are not smudged - unlike the creatures in Cairo.

Zoo visitor Mahmoud Sarhan posted a photo on Facebook on July 21, 2018, showing him posing with what he said was a donkey painted to look like a zebra at Cairo's International Garden public park.

A zoo in Egypt's capital, Cairo, has denied painting black stripes onto a donkey to pass it off as a 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".

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

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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.

Sultan added that the animals are well taken care of and are inspected regularly to ensure their welfare.

The image went viral an it even led to experts examining the "zebra" and giving a verdict on the exact nature of the animal.

This is not the first time that a zoo has been accused of trying to fool its audience. And in 2013, a Chinese zoo had a mastiff dog labelled as a Tibetan lion.

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