Zonkey Born In Italy After Zebra Climbed Fence To Mate With DonkeyBy: Amanda Crum - July 26, 2013
A rare zonkey has been born in Florence, Italy after a zebra became amorous and climbed a fence to mate with a female donkey.
Officials at the wildlife reserve say the fence was put up for just that reason, but you can’t stop true love. The zebra didn’t let a little fence stand in the way once he spotted the donkey, who was in a neighboring field outside the reserve. Now, their offspring, Ippo, is the only one of her kind in Italy. With a distinctive brown body and the head of a donkey, she also sports black-and-white striped legs, making her one of the rarest–and most visually interesting–animals in the world.
The zebra is well-known for not being too selective when it comes to mating; ponies, horses, donkeys, they’re all potential mates. Interestingly, the way their offspring is named depends on which animal belongs to which sex. For instance, if the zebra had been a female and the donkey a male, Ippo would have been called a donkra.