Egyptian zoo busted painting donkeys to look like zebras

Mahmoud Sarhan poses next to an animal he alleges is a donkey and not a zebra in this

Egyptian zoo ‘paints donkey’ to look like zebra

It gives new meaning to the phrase "a wolf in sheep's clothing".

A metaphorical stink was kicked up when a bloke called Mahmoud A. Sarhan visited the International Garden in Cairo at the weekend. Or in this case, a donkey in zebra stripes.

In Gaza, a zoo painted two donkeys to look like zebras in 2009 while another zoo was accused of putting stuffed animals on display because of a shortage of animals.

Since the photos went viral, a number of vets in the country were quick to confirm that the animal was indeed a donkey.

Sarhan said he was suspicious straight away.

They also pointed out that zebras have black noses, while this little guy has a much paler snout.

In the photo, he's posing next to the animal, looking bemused.

The director of Gardens Project in Cairo has denied the reports that they had tried to pass off the donkey as a zebra.

However, the zoo has denied that the zebra was fake.

Sultan added that the animals are well taken care of and are inspected regularly to ensure their welfare.

At first look, the animal appears to be a zebra. It wouldn't be the first time that this has happened. And, a zoo in Henan province in 2013 hoped guests wouldn't notice that its African lion exhibit was actually home to a Tibetan mastiff dog.

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