An lovely young guy was spotted amid the park’s zebras in Kenya’s Chyulu Hills National Park; upon closer inspection, they discovered that it was not an ordinary zebra, but a ‘zebra,’ a rare offspring produced after a zebra mated with a donkey.
Keepers from the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust animal rescue and rehabilitation group observed the young foal running during a tour and saw that its stripes were faint and just covered its legs.
They realized the small creature was the child of a zebra and a donkey after closer inspection.
The organization released the following in a news release on its website:
“Working with animals teaches you to expect the unexpected; even the most straightforward narrative may disclose its true nature and surprise us all.”
The zebra had allegedly fled Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park and found a herd of local cattle, where it had’made itself at home,’ according to residents.
It’s a Zonkey! We’ve connected the dots…. or is that joined the stripes, as to the origins of this unusual character, born to a female zebra helped last year by our SWT/KWS Tsavo Vet Unit. Get the full story at https://t.co/FHCp1VyCuw pic.twitter.com/zrOww0cSHp
— Sheldrick Wildlife (@SheldrickTrust) April 8, 2020
The mother was taken to Chyulu National Park by the animal rescue group Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Because a zebra’s pregnancy lasts a year, the staff was able to figure out what had happened, and they stated in their statement that the zebra “had evidently been acquainted with a loving donkey.”
Zebras, as these zebra and donkey hybrid puppies are known, are extremely unusual since their growth is challenging due to the fact that they do not have the same number of chromosomes.
The following were the sentiments of the group:
“The zebra is a stunning creature with the muscular bulk of its donkey father and the striped legs of its zebra mother. Zebras are mules, which means they will not be able to reproduce effectively once they reach adulthood, despite the fact that they should have a normal life.
The mother zebra and her young now live peacefully in Chyulu National Park, surrounded by huge open areas and safe from predators.