A donkey disguised as a zebra in Cairo, Egypt, July 21, 2018. (Photo: Liu Hui)
The hot weather caused the painted stripes to smear, revealing a donkey instead of a zebra on July 21, 2018. (Photo: Liu Hui)
Cairo (People’s Daily) -A new zoo at Cairo’s International Garden municipal park has come under fire after it was revealed staff members had painted a donkey with black and white stripes in an attempt to trick paying customers that was actually a zebra.
Last weekend, Mahmoud A. Sarhani, a Cairo student who had recently visited the zoo posted a photo on his social media of what he thought was a strange-looking zebra. Not only did the animal have unusually-long ears, but it also had paint markings on its head.
A closer look revealed the animal was without long, thick hair usually found at the top of a zebra's neck and face. Apparently the “zebra” was nothing more than a typical donkey that had painted with white and black stripes. Zoo employees had even trimmed its mane.
Unfortunately, the hot summer weather caused the paint stripes to smudge.
Mahmoud’s photo quickly went viral on social media, receiving over 10,000 reactions and 1,500 comments. Most thought it was funny, but there were a few who became angry and demanded an explanation from the zoo’s management.
This was not the first time a zoo had ever tried to pass a donkey off as a zebra. In 2009, there was one in Gaza that painted two donkeys to look like the striped African animal, but to no avail.