Cairo zoo denies its zebras are really donkeys with painted stripes

Mahmoud Sarhan an Egyptian student posted

Mahmoud Sarhani said: "When we went to the zebra side, there was only one zebra".

A ZOO has gone viral online after being caught out attempting to pass off a donkey as a zebra by painting black stripes onto its body.

Egyptian student Mahmoud Sarhan exposed the alleged masquerade in a Facebook photo, in which he is seen posing next to one of the offending animals at Cairo's International Garden park.

While different zebra species exhibit significant variability in size, stripe patterns, and snout colorings, their stripes typically do not smudge. But many social media users have noted that upon closer inspection, the animal has long floppy ears instead of the more rounded ears of a zebra.

A zoo in Egypt is facing some questions after a photo emerged of a less-than-stellar looking zebra.

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Mr Sarhan said the enclosure was home to two animals, both which he says were painted.

Despite this, International Gardens park's director Mohamed Sultan has rebuffed any suggestion the animal is anything other than a zebra.

In 2009, a zoo in Gaza reportedly painted two donkeys black and white to replace zebras that had died of starvation.

This isn't the first time a zoo has tried to pull the wool over visitor's eyes. And in 2013, a Chinese zoo had a mastiff dog labelled as a Tibetan lion.

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