Monday, July 4, 2011

What's black and white and kicks like a mule? Meet the baby donkra - a donkey crossed with a zebra


The donkra stands next to its zebra mother soon after it was born yesterday in Xiamen, China

A donkra, the offspring of a zebra and a donkey stands beside its zebra mother in a wildlife park in Xiamen, China, yesterday.

This donkra was born on Sunday morning to the only zebra in the park.

Zoo keeper Lin, said she witnessed the natural mating between the zebra and a donkey last summer, but was astonished when she discovered the zebra was pregnant in February.

You can take a donkra to water... It born on Sunday morning to the only zebra in the park

The term donkra is specifically applied to offspring with a zebra mother and a donkey father but can also be referred to as a zebroid.

However, when a zebra stallion mates with a jenny donkey, it is known only as a zebroid and these are much more common than donkras.

During the South African War the Boers crossed ponies with zebras for transport work such as moving guns, according to Wikipedia.

Donkras, with a mother zebra and father donkey, are much more rare than zebroids

Charles Darwin mentioned in Origin of Species, drawings of ass/zebra hybrids saying: 'In Lord Morton's famous hybrid from a chestnut mare and male quagga, the hybrid, and even the pure offspring subsequently produced from the mare by a black Arabian sire, were much more plainly barred across the legs than even the pure quagga.'

In modern times they are used as curiosities and feature in circuses or small zoos.
Eden Ostrich World in Cumbria took delivery of a zony when one of its Shetland ponies was left in a field with a zebra.

source: dailymail

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