Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Zonkey Born in Crimean Zoo

A zebra and donkey produced a "zonkey" or "zebroid" at a zoo in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea. 
The Taigan Zoo named the new arrival, Telegraph, as he has the brown body of a donkey and stripes on the legs of his zebra Mother.  Although this type of mating is rare, especially with the mother being a zebra, it is not unheard of.  Breeding of hybrids is usually frowned upon by the zoo community, as preserving species is a main concern.

The zebra was moved in with other hoofed animals after zoo officials determined her lonely.  She took to the donkey.  Telegraph was named after a local newspaper.  Telegraph is popular with visitors according to zoo director, Oleg Zubkrov.  Telegraph has made quite a splash around the world.

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"Telegraph is very popular with visitors" who can watch him romping around with his mother, according to zoo director Oleg Zubkov.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-08-telegraph-zonkey-born-crimean-zoo.html#jCp
"Telegraph is very popular with visitors" who can watch him romping around with his mother, according to zoo director Oleg Zubkov.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-08-telegraph-zonkey-born-crimean-zoo.html#jCp