Cairo zoo denies its zebras are really donkeys with painted stripes

Mahmoud Sarhan an Egyptian student posted

Mahmoud Sarhan an Egyptian student posted

Student Mahmoud Sarhan visited the attraction last week and accused the zoo of malpractice after noticing the "zebra" appeared smaller than normal with larger, pointier ears.

Mahmoud Sarhani said: "When we went to the zebra side, there was only one zebra".

Sarhani was visiting the International Garden municipal park in Cairo earlier this month when he came across the freakish exhibit.

An Egyptian zoo has been torn off a strip for allegedly attempting to fool visitors by painting black and white stripes on a donkey to make it look like a zebra.

Oh yes, and their stripes are not smudged - unlike the creatures in Cairo.

He posted a picture on his Facebook page, which quickly went viral. He wrote in Arabic: "The stupidity has reached in the country that they brought a local donkey and painted it to look like a zebra".

In 2009, a zoo in Gaza did the same thing, saying that it could not procure real zebras due to an Israeli blockade.

On first glance, the animal appeared to fit the bill, but a closer look revealed several inconsistencies and a slap-dash paint job.

Mohamed Sultan, the zoo's director, told a local radio station that none of the animals in the facility are fraudulent. In 2013, a Henan province zoo in China tried to pass off a Tibetan mastiff as a lion, and in 2017 another one put inflatable penguins in their enclosure.

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