A rare ‘zonkey’ – the offspring of a male zebra and a female donkey – has been born at an animal reserve in Florence, Italy.
Her incredible conception is an example of love – or perhaps simple lust – conquering all.
The zebra, who was rescued from a failing zoo, was so randy that he climbed his protective fence and made love to a Donkey of Amiata, an endangered species, in a neighboring field.
Serena Aglietti, one of the employees at the reserve, told ABC, ‘Ippo is the only one of her kind in Italy.’
A zonkey is a type of zebroid, the offspring of any cross between a zebra and any other equine. In the majority of cases, the sire is a zebra stallion.
A zorse is the offspring of a male zebra and a female horse, while a zony is the offspring of a zebra stallion and a pony mare and can even be ridden.