It’s a zonkey! Rare baby spotted in Kenya

Zebra mom with her baby zonkey, Chyulu Hills National Park, Kenya photo: Sheldrick Wildlife Trust/Reuters
Zebra mom with her babay zonkey, Chyulu Hills National Park, Kenya photo: Sheldrick Wildlife Trust/Reuters

A rare baby zonkey has been spotted in a Kenyan national park. The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust says his mother, a zebra, attracted the attention of a quote “amorous donkey”.

The charity believes it must have happened a year ago when the zebra ventured shortly into a community bordering the Tsavo East National Park. She made herself right at home there, becoming an honorary member of a local woman’s cattle herd. 

A zebra’s pregnancy is 12 months, and the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust said it wasn’t difficult to join the dots. She met her donkey last year during her stay at the park.

A zonkey is a highly unusual hybrid with the sturdy body of a donkey and the striped legs of a zebra.

The charity said mother and baby seemed to be in perfect shape and were grazing calmly in their new home in Chyulu National Park.

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