Besides the difference in size and ears, zebras have black snouts. The animal in the photograph has a grey snout
The Hush Post: An Egypt zoo has courted controversy after it painted a donkey with stripes to pass it off as a zebra. The blooper came into light after Mahmoud Sarhan, an Egyptian student, posted the pictures on social media after a visit to Cairo’s International garden.
While posting the photograph online, Sarhan wrote that zebra’s normally don’t have pointy ears and a small frame like a donkey. It has black stripes across its body but one stripe on the face appears to have been smudged, he added.
The pictures of Sarhan with the ‘almost zebras’ went viral on the social media with experts weighing in on the species of the animal.
Besides the difference in size and ears, zebras have black snouts. The animal in the photograph has a grey snout.
Sarhan said that there appeared to be at least two painted animals in the enclosure.
The zoo officials though maintain that the animals were not a fake. Zoo director Mohamed Sultan told a local radio station that his zebras are real.
This is not the first time that a zoo has tried to fool its audience.
Earlier in 2009, a zoo in Gaza was accused of painting two donkeys because it was too difficult to bring actual zebras past the Israeli and Egyptian blockade. He, however, had made no secret of the paint job.