Zonkey or a Deebra?!


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kevcart3
ST. THOMAS, Barbados - It's male. But what is it? A zonkey? A deebra? That's the debate in Barbados since a zebra gave birth to a foal sired by a donkey.

Alex was born April 21, a milk-chocolate brown creature with the black stripes of a zebra on his ears and legs. His face looks more like a horse, with a distinctive black "V" patch on the forehead.

"It's really funny and a little bit freaky," said Natalie Harvey, a 29-year-old waitress. "I was stunned to hear about such a weird thing happening here."

While zebra hybrids are not uncommon, most Barbadians have never seen anything like Alex.

His mother, Allison, is one of two zebras brought to the Caribbean island from Botswana, in southern Africa, in the early 1990s. The other is George and both live at Highland, a six-acre ranch where goats, sheep, ducks and donkeys roam free.

George, however, suffered a long illness, and Allison became friendly with a donkey.

"We knew she was with foal but were not sure who the father was," said Philip Atwell, the head of Highland ranch.

As for George, he seems to get along well with his rival's offspring. Ranchers hope Allison will eventually mate with George, who is now healthy, Atwell said.

In the meantime, Alex is the talk of Barbados.

"It's easier for a zebra to give birth to a donkey than for either of these teams to score a goal!" a frustrated fan shouted during a recent soccer match, to roars of laughter.

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HPMCommander
Tion or Liger??:rolleyes::

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I'm pretty sure they already have those.:laugh::

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kevcart3

Yep, I think so. Sadly enough....

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lunamonkey

Can't be a zonkey, as that's too close to monkey.

What if a monkey crossed with a deebra, it'd be back to donkey again :s

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Scudworth

yep, they have Ligers already, and they are friggin, huge.....

I dunno why you would say "sadly enough" though, cross breeding things isnt really new by any means, Mules are a cross between a Horse and a Donkey, and the result is a huge work-horse. plus, think of all the mixes they have done with dogs, and continuous 'cross pollination' and the like, with plants

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Galley

They already have "Ligers". Gosh! Haven't you people ever seen Napoleon Dynamite? :laugh:

They had a photo of one in Maxim last month. They can weigh 900 lbs., and can reach 12 feet into the air!

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kevcart3

But what could be the possible benefit of a huge Liger but maybe it's just me.

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Fred Derf

They (crossbreeds) are almost always sterile anyway.

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+E.Worm Jimmy

What about the Cowbra!?

how udderly confusing...

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+E.Worm Jimmy

Cama (Lama + Camel - must have being an experience for the lama, hehe)

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+E.Worm Jimmy

Zony (Pony and Zebra)

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+E.Worm Jimmy

Zorse (Horse and Zebra).

Man those zebras have being around...

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+E.Worm Jimmy

Final one. Supposed to be real, but I just cannot picture that.

Wolphin (dolphin and whale)

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