This Is What Happens When A Zebra And A Donkey Have A Baby
In case you have ever wondered what would happen if you crossed a zebra and a donkey, we have just the answer.
An ultra-rare Zebra-Donkey crossbreed was born on 2nd October in South Barrow, Somerset and it looks adorable.
Zippy the Zonkey was born as a complete surprise to owner Kristine Turner, after her Zebra, Ziggy and Rag, a four-year-old Donkey bred without her knowing.
Now, we know what you're thinking, what is a Zebra doing in Somerset anyway? Ziggy was bought by Kristine for £10,000 from Germany and shares the fields with nine donkeys.
There is thought to be only one other zonkey in Britain, called Zambi, which lives on a donkey sanctuary in Shropshire.
Mum-of-two Kristine, 39, said: "I've always wanted it to happen but a few years ago I gave up hoping. Raj and Ziggy have been on the farm for years.
"Ziggy has always been a bit porky so I didn't notice she was getting any bigger. It was a complete surprise.
"Last month I opened my bedroom curtains, which look onto the farm, and I just saw this little foal sitting up staring my way.
"I was in complete shock. I ran downstairs in my PJs, put a coat on and went over to see him.
"He seemed like a right little character and has had a personality from day one.
"He's half a wild animal so he'll nip and kick me a tiny bit but in a cheeky way. Then he'll dash off. He has quite a fitting name really. He's calmed down a bit now as he lets me brush him.
"Ziggy has really taken to motherhood and she's a great mum. He's never out of her sight. They wander round the farm and do everything together.
"Rag tends to keep out the way.
"It was a completely natural process. It wasn't as if I forced them together and was trying to engineer it.
"I bred Rag on the farm four years ago so I had years thinking it was never going to happen - despite really wanting it too.
"I'm just so happy. Zippy is just a little miracle."
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