Egypt zoo accused of painting donkey to look like a zebra

Mahmoud Sarhan with the "zebra".

Mahmoud Sarhan recently visited Cairo's International Garden municipal park when he spotted something he thought was not entirely right with two zebras in a pen.

Egyptian local media outlet Extranews.tv posted several other pictures of the alleged zebras, and provided commentary from a vet who (as reported by the BBC) remarked that unlike the animal seen in the picture, "a zebra's snout is black, while its stripes are more consistent and parallel".

Some critics noted the "zebra/donkey" had unusual smudges on its face, and did not have clean stripes.

The beast appears to have unusually large ears as well as suspicious blotches of black on its snout and body, but Sahran wrote in the photo caption that it was the animal's recognizable braying sound that well and truly gave it away.

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This is not the first time that a zoo has painted donkeys to look like zebras.

You can't always trust the exhibit signs at zoos, or so one Egyptian student is claiming after he suspected a zebra at a Cairo zoo was an impostor.

In 2009, a zoo in Gaza did the same thing, saying that it could not procure real zebras due to an Israeli blockade. In 2013, a Henan province zoo in China tried to pass off a Tibetan mastiff as a lion, and in 2017 another one put inflatable penguins in their enclosure.

Mohamed Sultan, the zoo's director, told a local radio station that none of the animals in the facility are fraudulent.

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