Egyptian zoo accused of passing off donkey as zebra

Glen Norman
July 27, 2018

This week, Mahmoud Sarhan, a student visiting Cairo's International Garden, posted a photo of himself posing with what does indeed appear to be a donkey painted like a zebra.

"The ears are rounded, not oblong and pointy, and of course zebras have black skin, answering that age-old question of them being black with white stripes".

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

After reviewing the images, a leader with the animal activist group PETA disagreed that this animal was well taken care of. He said the donkey enclosure featured two painted animals.

Yes Alex, my friend - it's a farmyard animal.


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.

Initially, visitors to the zoo in Cairo thought the zebra simply had unusual markings.


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. Who in the right mind would first of all paint stripes on to a donkey and then go on to admit what they had done?

The more he says it, the more he'll believe it.


Either an Egyptian zoo director is lying about the animals he keeps or he doesn't know much about zebras. Well this isn't awks.

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