Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

They Looked Like Zebras, But Were Braying

Mahmoud Sarhan poses next to an animal he alleges is a donkey and not a zebra in this Egyptian zoo ‘paints donkey’ to look like zebra
Glenn Montgomery | 27 July, 2018, 20:12

And judging from the pictures, online animal experts sided with Mahmoud, according to CBS News.

However, a vet recruited by local news group Extranews.tv said that a real zebra's nose is black, and that their stripes are more consistent and parallel than the one on display in the photograph.

Mahmoud Sarhan, a student visiting Cairo's International Garden, put the photos on Facebook.

The beast appears to have unusually large ears as well as suspicious blotches of black on its snout and body, but Sahran wrote in the photo caption that it was the animal's recognizable braying sound that well and truly gave it away. We note with some amusement, however, that a conveniently placed Google street view from 2017 exists of the exact location from which Sarhan posted the now-viral picture. Or is it actually a donkey painted to look like 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".

A zoo in Gaza couldn't get zebras into the area because of the blockade in 2009.

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

This isn't the first time a zoo has tried to pull the wool over visitor's eyes.

It remains to be seen whether a potentially painted donkey will cause the kind of stir created five years ago when a Chinese zoo claimed to house a lion, when the animal in the lion's cage was, in fact, a dog.

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