Zoo in Egypt Accused of Painting Zebra Stripes Onto a Donkey

Marsha Scott
July 27, 2018

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

Mahmoud Sarhan with the "zebra".

Cairo's International Garden municipal park became a target of ridicule after an Egyptian student, Mahmoud Sarhan, posted images on Facebook of the suspicious beast.

An Egyptian zoo has been torn off a strip for allegedly attempting to fool visitors by painting black and white stripes on a donkey to make it look like a zebra.

Running makeup aside, the animals also sport distinctively pointy donkey ears and lack a zebra's black snout.

While different zebra species exhibit significant variability in size, stripe patterns, and snout colorings, their stripes typically do not smudge.

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"The first time we used paint but it didn't look good", the zoo's proprietor told Reuters at the time.

Mohamed Sultan, a Cairo official in charge of the park, denied to local radio station Nogoum FM that the zebra was a fake.

A zoo in Egypt is facing some questions after a photo emerged of a less-than-stellar looking zebra.

In 2013, a zoo in China angered guests by trying to pass off a hairy dog as a lion.

When a visited went to the cage of the "lion" at the zoo in Louhe, a city in Henan, they heard a loud bark.

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