On May 31, a Florida farm welcomed a rare, new addition: a zonkey.
Palm City, Florida's Coast Stable is home to a retired racehorse, three miniature donkeys, a zebra, and now, a donkey and zebra hybrid.
Named Zany, the new little zonkey was born to Zola, a zebra mom. Zany's father is a miniature donkey. This is an unusual pairing, because usually a zebroid results from breeding a female donkey and a male zebra. Zany is called a zonkey because her mother is a zebra.
"The whole thing is kind of wacko," says Coast Stable ranch manager Thomas Cook.
Zola the zebra, who belongs to Coast Stable owner Rob Schweiger, is a great new mom, by all accounts. Schweiger and Cook were concerned that Zola might reject Zany, but within hours of Zany's birth, Zola was nursing her.
All of the animals at Coast Stable are permanent residents, and none are ever ridden. According to Cook, the facilities on the 15-acre ranch are top of the line, and little Zany is "gonna enjoy life."
All images via Leah Voss/Treasure Coast Newspapers via TC Palm