Zoo paints stripes on donkeys and calls them zebras, student says

Mahmoud Sarhan visited a Cairo zoo and saw a zebra that did not look quite right

Mahmoud Sarhan posted photos of the animal to Facebook after a recent trip to Cairo's International Garden municipal park.

In the photo, he's posing next to the animal, looking bemused.

The image, showing the animal with smudges on its face, attracted attention online before experts gave their view on its species.

"I know the shape of a donkey and I know the shape of zebras, so it was easy to know". "It was a normal Egyptian donkey that you see everywhere".

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

"The stripes (on a zebra) are always defined, never smudged, and zebras can be small but never that small", Adams explained to the Independent.

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.

I mean, c'mon now.

Sadly for donkeys, they aren't the most exotic of zoo attractions. It's common sense really isn't it, deny all knowledge of it ever happening.

But a senior official with Egypt's Central Administration for Zoos told ABC News that the "zebra" is, without a doubt, fake, adding that the facility doesn't fall under that group's supervision. Well this isn't awks.

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