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Someone Noticed That This Zoo's Zebra Wasn't Actually A Zebra At All

Someone Noticed That This Zoo's Zebra Wasn't Actually A Zebra At All
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An Egyptian zoo is currently home to a peculiar zebra that is appearing to make an ass of itself.

That's because the zebra is actually a donkey.

Zookeepers tried to pass off their donkey as a zebra by painting black and white stripes on its hide.

But it's fooling no one.

The ruse was exposed by Mahmoud Sarhan, an 18-year-old visitor to the newly opened animal sanctuary at the International Garden municipal park.

Sarhan was stumped after initially seeing the "zebra" and wasn't able to make heads or tails of its strange appearance.

But after noticing the unusual size of the zebra's ears (and the melting painted stripes), his suspicions about the animal were confirmed.

The teen posted a photo of himself posing with the fake zebra on Facebook and wrote in Arabic:

The stupidity has reached in the country that they brought a local donkey and painted it to look like a zebra.
I realised from the first look that it was a painted donkey. People might realise that from the stripes.

Sarhan's photo exposing the zoo went viral.

But instead of coming clean, the director of the Gardens Project in Cairo, Mohammed Sultan, denied that their zebra was a donkey.

"The zebra is real and not painted," Sultan insisted to Egypt's Youm 7 news channel.

Sultan also added that the welfare of all the animals in the zoo were being looked after, but animal rights group PETA found his statement to be false.

PETA's vice president Delcianna Winders issued a statement to CNN after observing the photos of the mistreated animal.

No reputable animal care facility would subject a skittish animal like a donkey to the stress of being restrained and sprayed with chemicals like paint, which could cause a painful allergic reaction, and PETA hopes that Cairo authorities are fully investigating this matter.

Twitter took the opportunity to show that life is stranger than fiction.

Meanwhile, donkeys everywhere hope to be accepted for who they are.

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