zoo has tried to pull the wool over visitor's eyes.

Oh, and the black paint around its face had been smudged in the heat.

Zoo Unbelievably Gets Caught Out For Painting A Donkey To Look Like A Zebra
Zoo paints black stripes onto donkeys to make them look like zebras!

The case of the "almost zebra" came to light after Mahmoud Sarhan, an Egyptian student, posted photographs online after a visit to the zoo. 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. The vet said zebras had black snouts while their stripes ran parallel and were more consistent.

In 2009, a zoo in Gaza painted two donkeys with black stripes to circumvent an Israeli restriction on the importation of animals. Subscribe to the Standard Group SMS service by texting "NEWS" to 22840.


The picture shows a suspicious-looking animal, with a lighter snout and longer ears than a typical zebra's.

To avoid the exorbitant costs of bringing in the zebras via smuggling tunnels the owner admitted to painting the animal for his Zoo in Gaza City, according to Reuters. "I knew the shape of donkeys and also I knew the shape of zebras so it was easy to know".


The zoo denied the allegations, with the zoo's director, Mohamed Sultan, insisting the zebras were not fakes.

In 2013, a Chinese zoo put a Tibetan mastiff dog in the African lion display.


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