07 Jul '11, 9am

Rare 'zonkey' born in China zoo

Rare 'zonkey' born in China zoo

A rare female zebra and male donkey hybrid, known as a donkra or zonkey, has been born at Xiamen Haicang Zoo in south-east China. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ANN A RARE female zebra and male donkey hybrid, known as a donkra or zonkey, has been born at Xiamen Haicang Zoo in south-east China. The foal, which has the distinctive stripes of a zebra on parts of its body, was just over a metre tall and weighed approximately 29.8kg when it was born on Sunday. According to zoo staff, the zebra mated naturally with the donkey after being left free to roam together along with sheep in the same enclosure. The mother required veterinary help during the birth but has now been returned to graze with her offspring where the pair are on show to visitors. A zebra-donkey hybrid is also known as zonkey, zebonkey, zebrinny, zebrula, zebrass and zedonk. -- THE STAR/ANN

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