You Haven't Lived Until You've Seen a Baby Zonkey

Posted by Paige Cerulli

What do you get when you combine a zebra and a donkey? A zonkey, of course!

Zonkey? The term sounds like something out of a book by Dr. Seuss. But in truth, zonkeys are real animals. They're a hybrid between a donkey and a zebra, and they look just as unusual as you might expect. But they're also incredibly cute, as this video will prove.

In 2014 a zonkey was born to a zoo in Mexico. His mother was a zebra, and his father was an albino donkey which lived near the zoo. The zebra and the donkey both enjoyed each other's company, and sometimes the donkey would even sneak into the zoo.

The breeding was completely unplanned, and zookeepers were surprised when they realized that the zebra was pregnant. Take a look at the adorable result.

You can see the influence of both species in the zonkey's appearance. His head resembles the zebra in shape, and he sports the distinctive zebra stripes on his legs. But his body is a mostly solid brown color, the influence of the donkey.

So what are the chances that zonkeys will start being bred for domestication? They're pretty slim. Zebras are difficult to train and require special enclosures to keep them contained - they're excellent jumpers. Plus, there's the financial cost of breeding zonkeys. But zonkeys have been in existence since the early 1900s, and one was even born on a Florida farm earlier this year.

If you ever come across a zonkey in real life, you're very lucky. These hybrids are rare but are totally fascinating examples of cross breeding.

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You Haven't Lived Until You've Seen a Baby Zonkey