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Italy gets its first zonkey

A zebra and a donkey at an Italian nature reserve are now the proud parents of a zonkey, a hybrid between the two species. 

A Zonkey was born in an Italian nature reserve this week.
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What do you get when you cross a donkey with a zebra?

A zonkey, of course.

A zonkey was born to a female donkey and a male zebra in an Italian nature reserve earlier this week. The owner of the Florence reserve, Serena Aglietti, has called it the only one of its kind in the state, ANSA reported.

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The unusual breeding wasn’t intentional. The zebra cleared a fence that had been put up between him and his romantic interest to ward against exactly what happened: the birth of Ippo, who has stripped black-white legs, a brown middle, and a donkey-shaped face.

The donkey, Jade, and the zebra, Martin, were brought to the nature reserve after being rescued from a failed zoo, Science World Report said.

The reserve is also home to parrots and a camel, which seem unlikely candidates for giving birth to future donkels, zebrels, paronkeys, zebrots, or pramelots. But don’t count on an end to Martin’s shenanigans: The reserve also has racehorse – one that, in fact, is a potential mate for a zebra.


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