Rare and Beautiful Zonkey, Khumba

Rare and Beautiful Zonkey Has Arrived! What is a Zonkey, You Ask?

Rare and Beautiful Zonkey – It’s Here at Last

It has finally arrived.  The rare and beautiful Zonkey we’ve been waiting for.  What is a Zonkey, you ask?  It’s a cross between a zebra and a donkey, which is considered extremely rare because zebra and donkeychromosomes were not thought to be compatible.

Rare and beautiful zonkey, Khumba
Khumba, 2 days old

The unusual cross-breed made its debut at the Reynosa Zoo in Tamaulipas, Mexico on April 21st.  The animal is named, “KHUMBA.”  (Have you seen the animated Disney film called, “Khumba”?  It’s about a young zebra that is missing his stripes and trying to fit in to his world.  It’s very cute.)

There’s a romantic story behind this too.  Khumba’s mother, a zebra named Rayas, and his father, a blue-eyed albino donkey named Ignacio, used to visit each every afternoon. Eventually, Rayas became pregnant. The rest is indeed history!

Rare and beautiful zonkey, Khumba, and RayasRare and Beautiful Zonkey, KhumbaThough rare, Khumba is not the first Zonkey.  Ippo, a zonkey born in Italy, became a huge sensation — and tourist attraction — when he was born in Florence last year.  Ippo was spawned after his dad, a zebra, jumped over a fence into an enclosure housing donkeys.

Rare and Beautiful Zonkey, Ippo
Rare and Beautiful Zonkey, Ippo and family, Italy
Ippo and his family.

The rare and beautiful zonkey mixed breeds can also be found China, Japan, and the United States.

Image source: Yahoo News


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    • That’s a good question, Meredith. I hadn’t thought about health concerns, but you’re right! Nature is so interesting, isn’t it? I’m glad that you “can’t not read” my animal posts. That’s cool. 🙂 Thanks!

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