Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Egypt zoo accused of painting donkey to look like a zebra

Egypt zoo accused of painting donkey to look like a zebra

It gives new meaning to the phrase "a wolf in sheep's clothing".

The row began when a student visiting the recently opened animal sanctuary in Cairo's International Gardens Park spotted the unusual-looking animal and shared a photo of it on Facebook, the Daily Mail reports.

A zoo in Egypt has denied painting black stripes on a donkey to make it look like a zebra after a photo of the animal appeared online. He may be in for a surprise-zebra stripes are shaped differently, and don't come off on your hand when you touch them.

Sarhan said several things about the animal stood out and made him suspicious.

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

A zoo is Gaza painted two white donkeys to look like zebras in 2009.

They also pointed out that zebras have black noses, while this little guy has a much paler snout.

International Garden municipal park is not the first zoo accused of trying to fool visitors.

After reviewing the images, a leader with the animal activist group PETA disagreed that this animal was well taken care of.

"The first time we used paint but it didn't look good", the zoo's proprietor told Reuters at the time.

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

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