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