The mating efforts of different animal breeds often result in something quite interesting.
There is an unusual hybrid known as a liger, which is the result of crossbreeding between a lion and a tiger.
You also have the rare wholphin, which resulted from the reproductive efforts of a killer whale and a dolphin.
However, did you know that there zebras and donkeys crossbreed too?
Well, it’s quite rare, but it results in a spectacular hybrid that experts appropriately named as a zonkey.
A zookeeper in Kenya saw one of these creatures earlier this year while he was on duty at the famous Chyulu Hills National Park.
Initially, he thought that it was an average zebra and ignored the animal.
However, as it came closer, the zookeeper realized something strange about the creature.
He noticed that its torso was completely brown while the white and black stripes were only on its legs.
He informed his colleagues about this animal.
They claimed that it was a zebra that had one too many mud baths.
However, the supervisor insisted they take a closer look at this creature.
They agreed and were as shocked as he was. It was, in fact, something that looked like a cross between a donkey and a zebra.
Connecting The Dots
Everyone was wondering how this animal was roaming in the open, especially considering its unique appearance.
The zookeeper and other workers at the zoo wasted no time and started to look for clues that would lead them to where this animal was living.
Initially, they thought that someone painted stripes on a donkey to fool everyone.
However, when they attempted to wash the stripes, they didn’t come off.
It convinced them that they had an actual zonkey roaming in their area.
After a few weeks, they came across a cattle herder who connected the dots.
She stated that a female zebra was missing from another zoo nearby.