View Full Version : Call it zonkey or a deebra?

Apr 30th, 2005, 04:31 AM
Zebra has a foal sired by a donkey
Chris Brandis / AP

A female zebra named Allison frolicking with her foal named Alex at the Highland plantation in St. Thomas parish, Barbados.
The Associated Press
Updated: 11:14 a.m. ET April 29, 2005ST. THOMAS, Barbados - It's male. But what is it? A zonkey? A deebra? That's the debate in Barbados since a zebra gave birth to a foal sired by a donkey.

Alex was born April 21, a milk-chocolate brown creature with the black stripes of a zebra on his ears and legs. His face looks more like a horse, with a distinctive black "V" patch on the forehead.

"It's really funny and a little bit freaky," said Natalie Harvey, a 29-year-old waitress. "I was stunned to hear about such a weird thing happening here."

While zebra hybrids are not uncommon, most Barbadians have never seen anything like Alex.

His mother, Allison, is one of two zebras brought to the Caribbean island from Botswana, in southern Africa, in the early 1990s. The other is George and both live at Highland, a six-acre ranch where goats, sheep, ducks and donkeys roam free.

George, however, suffered a long illness, and Allison became friendly with a donkey.

"We knew she was with foal but were not sure who the father was," said Philip Atwell, the head of Highland ranch.

As for George, he seems to get along well with his rival's offspring. Ranchers hope Allison will eventually mate with George, who is now healthy, Atwell said.

In the meantime, Alex is the talk of Barbados.

"It's easier for a zebra to give birth to a donkey than for either of these teams to score a goal!" a frustrated fan shouted during a recent soccer match, to roars of laughter.

The foal is kind of cute...

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Apr 30th, 2005, 06:10 AM

Zenkey foal a hybrid star

August 29, 2003

The zenkey snuggles up to its donkey mother at the Nasu Safari Park. Photo: AFP

A Japanese safari park says it will put a zebra-donkey hybrid, believed to be the world's only living "zenkey", on public view next week.

"As we keep herbivorous animals without separating them, the unbelievable can happen," said Osamu Ishikawa, deputy head of Nasu Safari Park, 150 kilometres north of Tokyo.

"A donkey was pregnant and everybody was expecting a donkey foal," he said, adding that keepers had been surprised to see a striped animal born on August 8.

The male foal, now weighing about 25 kilograms, has ears like a donkey and looks as if it is wearing striped leggings. It also has a black cross mark on its withers characteristic of donkey foals.

Although it is extremely rare, donkeys and zebras can produce offspring because they belong to the same horse family.

Nasu Safari Park has had a naturally-bred zenkey twice before, but they did not live long.

"One, born more than a decade ago, survived only for a few days and the second one died after less than two months," Mr Ishikawa said.

"They were relatively weak . . . but the baby this time is quite vigorous and leaping around. Though the chances are high that the zenkey is sterile."

Agence France-Presse

Apr 30th, 2005, 10:18 AM
omg i want one!!!! :o

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Apr 30th, 2005, 10:20 AM
Nice :D It's a nice animal! :)

Apr 30th, 2005, 03:43 PM
omg i want one!!!! :o
:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

Apr 30th, 2005, 04:07 PM
i would love to have one too.

they look positively gorgeous!

Apr 30th, 2005, 06:03 PM
That looks positively fake. As if only the legs would be striped. It looks like classic photoshop.

The other pic looks more realistic.

Apr 30th, 2005, 06:38 PM
That looks positively fake. As if only the legs would be striped. It looks like classic photoshop.

The other pic looks more realistic.

:retard: :yawn:

Apr 30th, 2005, 08:52 PM

I want a zonkey...