Cairo zoo denies its zebras are really donkeys with painted stripes

27 July, 2018, 20:13 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Mahmoud Sarhan

Cairo's International Garden municipal park has moved to deny allegations they painted black stripes on a white donkey after suspicious images emerged online of the animal in question.

Oh, and the black paint around its face had been smudged in the heat. Or in this case, a donkey in zebra stripes.

Egyptian student Mahmoud Sarhan, 18, was visiting the International Garden in Nasr City, Cairo, when he spotted the suspiciously-striped creature.

In spite of the visible evidence of a paint job, zoo director Mohamed Sultan denied the claims and assured local radio station Nogoum FM that the animal, and a similar companion in the enclosure, were in fact zebras, reports Newsweek. The animal in the photograph has a grey snout.

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

Unable to find a way around the Israeli blockade, a zoo in Gaza painted two donkeys to look like zebras in 2009.

Two "Zebras" in a Cairo zoo which are suspected to be painted donkeys.

A vet in Egypt told local media that the spacing of the stripes are wrong, and the muzzle should be completely black.

In 2013, a Chinese zoo in Henan province tried to pass off a Tibetan mastiff dog as an African lion, and in 2017 a zoo in Guangxi province disappointed visitors by exhibiting blow-up plastic penguins.

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