Meet Zonkie, the Zonkey

2015-05-08 16:28
Zonkie, the zonkey. (Dirk Lotriet, News24)

Zonkie, the zonkey. (Dirk Lotriet, News24)

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Bloemfontein - Just take one look at little Zonkie and you will be convinced that love knows no boundaries.

Zonkie is a zonkey, the offspring of zebra and donkey parents, and lives at Roux Horsemanship in Bainsvlei outside Bloemfontein.

“He is about 3-years-old and my husband, Bertie, has tamed him using only body language,”said Annemarie Roux, Berties wife.

“Children adore him. They feed him carrots and he loves it!”

The little beast has the furry coat of a donkey, but boasts the fashionable striped tights of his zebra ancestors.

Zonkie will not be trained as a riding or working animal and will not be used for breeding, as hybrids are usually sterile.

Unlike other hybrids such as mules (horse and donkey), or zorses (horse and zebra), zonkeys do occur in the wild as herds of wild donkeys and zebra co-exist in parts of Africa. But they are extremely rare.

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