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Donkey painted like zebra exposes Egypt zoo of fraud

Sydney Borton
Digital Reporter

Friday, July 27, 2018, 6:11 PM - What’s black and white, and red all over? No, not an embarrassed zebra – it’s an embarrassed donkey painted to look like a zebra! 

Not my best joke, I know.

A zoo in Cairo, Egypt is under fire for reportedly painting two white donkeys to look like zebras. Though the zoo has denied that they painted the donkeys and insists they are real zebras, we’ll let you be the judge of that.

Mahmoud Sarhan was visiting the zoo when he realized that something was off about the zebras.

“Stupidity in our country has reached a level that they are now painting over a donkey to make it look like a zebra,” says the Facebook post. “On their stupidity they forgot to paint a second layer!” 

The video, originally posted by Twitter used “A3biiid”, shows the “zebras” walking around in their enclosure. 

(READ MORE: 3 injured after wild kittens turn out to be bobcats)

Mahmoud Sultan, director of Cairo’s Garden Projects, told several news outlets that the zebra is absolutely real, but animal experts are fighting back saying that it’s most definitely a donkey. You don't really need to be an animal expert to figure that one out.

According to Egypt's Central Administration for Zoos, the only zebras in Egypt are in the Giza and Alexandria zoos.

"The zebra is real and not painted," Sultan told reporters.

...Are you sure?

I mean... come on.

Can you spot the difference?

Congratulations to the artist, though; from far away, if you squint your eyes and tilt your head, it kind of does look like a real zebra.

Shockingly, this isn't the first time a zoo has tried this trick. In 2009, a zoo in Gaza also painted two donkeys as zebras because they weren't able to illegally smuggle actual zebras into the zoo. In 2013, a Chinese zoo tried to pass off a very hairy dog as a lion. Other zoos around the world have used rubber, stuffed, and even inflatable animals to try and fool their visitors, but nobody was fooled for long.

Fake news? More like #FakeZoo. 


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