Egypt zoo accused of painting donkey to look like a zebra

Mahmoud Sarhan poses next to an animal he alleges is a donkey and not a zebra in this

Egypt zoo accused of painting donkey to look like a zebra

Officials at an Egyptian zoo are denying allegations that two zebras on display are in fact donkeys painted with black and white stripes.

Cairo's International Garden municipal park became a target of ridicule after an Egyptian student, Mahmoud Sarhan, posted images on Facebook of the suspicious beast.

Unable to find a way around the Israeli blockade, a zoo in Gaza painted two donkeys to look like zebras in 2009.

On closer inspection of the ass, you can note a few things, firstly the long floppy ears which bear more resemblance to that of a donkey's ears than the more rounded satellite dish-style ears of a zebra.

However, the zoo has denied that the zebra was fake.

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However, zoo director Mohamed Sultan told a local radio station that his zebras are real, dismissing claims that they are just painted donkeys, according to the BBC.

Mr Sarhani, was seen posing with the donkey with a wry grin on his face, perhaps an indication that he knew the animal before him wasn't a zebra.

In 2013, a Chinese zoo was criticized for trying to pass off a large dog as a lion.

It's not the only time a zoo has filled an exhibit with something other than what's on the sign. When we went to the zebra side, there was only one zebra.

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

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