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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
12:00 AM

How The Zonkey Got Its Stripes   

If you thought that the term,”zonkey” was something that only scientists used, think again! A zonkey is actually a real, true-blue animal and exists in real life!

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Although there are very few zonkeys (a genetic combination between a zebra and a donkey, resulting from the mating and reproduction of a donkey and a zebra), they exist and thrive. Unfortunately, many zonkeys are abused by cruel humans due to the way the look and often require the help of animal rescue centers or help from those who are able to house them.

As a member of the horse family, the zonkey can live up to 30 years and a female can produce healthy of her own.

In terms of appearance, the zonkey normally has a brown, grey or tan coat with black stripes only on the belly and legs. The lower part of a zonkey’s body is usually lighter in color.

Similar to a zebra, a zonkey has a large head with long ears and is active during the daytime. Its diet consists mainly of herbs, grass, berries and fruit (depending on its habitat) and is therefore considered as a herbivore.

As a naturally nomadic animal, the zonkey likes to roam about with plenty of space in which to do so. This is due to the fact that in Africa, there is often a lot of competition for food and zebra need to travel long distances in search for water and food.

In the wild, the zonkey is hunted by predators such as the leopard, lion, cheetah, hyena and African wild dog. Although it is a powerful and fast animal (being able to run fast and reach speeds of up to 35 miles per hour) it is much slower than most apex predators.

One of the zonkey’s greatest advantages is that it is an incredibly healthy animal, being resistant to many diseases and parasites. This gene has been inherited from the zebra.

The zonkey may look sweet and cute, but stay away! It is wild and agressive towards humans!

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