Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Cairo zoo denies its zebras are really donkeys with painted stripes

Cairo zoo denies its zebras are really donkeys with painted stripes

A zoo in Egypt's capital Cairo has denied painting black stripes on a donkey to make it look like a zebra, following a series of images which appeared online.

When Mahmoud took a closer look at the "zebra" he quickly realised he was actually looking at an ass.

Mahmoud Sarhan was visiting Cairo's International Garden park on Monday when he wondered over to the zebra pen.

"We finished our tour then we made a decision to take some pictures".

A student posted photos of the donkey painted as a zebra on Facebook.

However, a vet recruited by local news group Extranews.tv said that a real zebra's nose is black, and that their stripes are more consistent and parallel than the one on display in the photograph.

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This is not the first time that a zoo has been accused of trying to fool its audience.

The BBC noted this animal's curiously "small size and pointy ears" as well as the "black smudges on its face".

Mahmoud Sarhan visited the Cairo International Park.

There are smudges on the animal's face.

. 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.

Local radio station Nogoumfm.net contacted the zoo's director, Mohamed Sultan, who denied that the animal was a donkey.

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