Zonkie the Zonkey is a happy soul, says owner

2016-01-13 07:40
Meet 4-year-old Zonkie. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

Meet 4-year-old Zonkie. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Bloemfontein – If you get a glimpse at Zonkie the Zonkey you're likely to be smitten.

Zonkie is described by owner, Bertie Roux, as the most adorable member of the Roux Horsemanship family.

Roux said he especially prided himself on the 4-year-old Zonkie's discipline.

Zonkie is the offspring of a zebra and a donkey.

He lives at Roux Horsemanship on a smallholding in Ferreira outside Bloemfontein. 

Roux said when Zonkie sees an unfamiliar face, he approaches and rubs his body against the person as a friendly sign of welcome.

He was tamed using only body language.   

Extremely rare

“When we braai he would just come and chill with us, and often he would approach my wife from behind and put his head on her neck and just hug her – more like he would pull her closer to him,” said Roux.  

"He also loves ice cubes and carrots."

The zebra and donkey mix has the head and torso of a donkey and the legs of a zebra. 

Roux said they had never trained him as a riding or working animal and he would not be used for breeding.

Besides him being friendly and affectionate, Zonkie has become the family’s watchdog and enjoyed his freedom, Roux said.   

“When we used to stay at Bainsvlei, it was actually hard for him to be free, but now that we are here in [Ferreira], we don’t restrict him – he is just a happy Zonkie.”

Zonkeys also occur in the wild as herds of wild donkeys and zebra co-exist in parts of Africa.

They are, however, extremely rare.

Zonkie (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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