Zoo Denies Allegations That It Painted A Donkey To Look Like Zebra

27 July, 2018, 20:10 | Author: Jason Torres
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The BBC noted this animal's curiously "small size and pointy ears" as well as the "black smudges on its face".

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.

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Mahmoud Sarhan posted the image on Facebook with the animal at Cairo's International Garden municipal park.

A zoo in Egypt has been accused of painting donkeys to make them look like zebras.

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The pictures quickly went viral, with experts weighing in on the species of the animal.

Extranews.tv spoke to another vet who also questioned the legitimacy of the alleged zebra. He wrote in Arabic: "The stupidity has reached in the country that they brought a local donkey and painted it to look like a zebra". The accusations came after a visitor to the zoo took a picture and shared it online of less-than-stellar looking zebra.

"When we approached the zebra we realized that the lines were clearly painted, the paint was smudgy and his hair was nothing like that of a zebra", Sarhan told ABC News.

Mahmoud Sarhan visited the Cairo International Park.

In 2013, a zoo in China angered guests by trying to pass off a hairy dog as a lion.

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