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Zonkey, Rare Zebra-Donkey Hybrid, Born in Mexican Zoo
UPI ^ | April 25, 2014 | Brooks Hays

Posted on 04/25/2014 4:54:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Biologists had originally thought zebra and donkey chromosomes to be incompatible.

A rare but adorable cross-breed was introduced to the world this week at a zoo in Reynosa, Mexico.

Khumba is the lovechild of Rayas, a female zebra, and Ignacio, a blue-eyed albino donkey. That makes Khumba a zonkey, one of only a few in the world.

Though there are now living specimens of zonkeys at zoos in the U.S., Japan, China and elsewhere, biologists had originally thought zebra and donkey chromosomes were incompatible.

But apparent genetic incongruity didn't stop Rayas and Ignacio from trying. According to WTVY, the two visited each other almost every afternoon. Finally, a several months ago, Rayas became pregnant.

If Ippo, a zonkey born last year in Florence, Italy, is any indication, Khuma and the Reynosa Zoo can expect an influx of visitors in the coming months.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: donkey; honky; zebra; zonkey

1 posted on 04/25/2014 4:54:03 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Zonkey, zedonk, zebroid, honkey, etc.


2 posted on 04/25/2014 4:55:12 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: nickcarraway

Born in Mexico. what do you know, in the pic of the news report, the bottom line is about a murder case


3 posted on 04/25/2014 4:57:13 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: nickcarraway

So cute. I want one. There’s an old farmer down the road from our little farm who used to have albino donkeys. I want one of those too. But they sunburn.


4 posted on 04/25/2014 4:58:19 PM PDT by Mercat
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To: nickcarraway

Awwwwww!

That is one of the cutest little animals I’ve ever seen!


5 posted on 04/25/2014 5:00:09 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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To: nickcarraway

Cute. Imagine the stubborn nature of the burro combined with the wild nature of the zebra! A real handful. When I was a kid, we would try and ride wild burros. I have the scars to prove it!


6 posted on 04/25/2014 5:00:54 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Viennacon

I saw that. Unfortunately, this zonkey is already in a cartel.


7 posted on 04/25/2014 5:01:43 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: pax_et_bonum
zonkey video
8 posted on 04/25/2014 5:02:54 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Zonkeys are Ligers' favorite food.
9 posted on 04/25/2014 5:04:05 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: nickcarraway

Don’t you know you’re going to to zhock the zonkey?


10 posted on 04/25/2014 5:08:06 PM PDT by null and void ( They don't think think they are above the law. They think they are the law.)
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To: KarlInOhio

Lol


11 posted on 04/25/2014 5:09:53 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: null and void

They have a new game out called Zonkey Kong.


12 posted on 04/25/2014 5:10:22 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

And people say that there are no consequences from smoking weed.


13 posted on 04/25/2014 5:10:55 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: null and void

LOLOL


14 posted on 04/25/2014 5:11:11 PM PDT by Salamander (Agent Of Fortune)
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To: nickcarraway

What’s wrong with mom’s neck?


15 posted on 04/25/2014 5:12:05 PM PDT by Salamander (Agent Of Fortune)
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To: Salamander

I’m guessing the camera caught her in mid-head shake.


16 posted on 04/25/2014 5:16:30 PM PDT by null and void ( They don't think think they are above the law. They think they are the law.)
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To: null and void

Sure hope so.


17 posted on 04/25/2014 5:17:54 PM PDT by Salamander (Agent Of Fortune)
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To: KarlInOhio
"What's a liger?" "It's pretty much my favorite animal. It's like a lion and a tiger mixed... bred for its skills in magic."
18 posted on 04/25/2014 5:19:03 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: nickcarraway

Trying really hard to not make a “Zonkey Show” joke.


19 posted on 04/25/2014 5:19:44 PM PDT by SIDENET
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To: Salamander

Are zebras known for domestic violence?


20 posted on 04/25/2014 5:20:40 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Mercat; Slings and Arrows

If I had a farm I would want one too. Adorable!!!!!

Viva la zonkey!


21 posted on 04/25/2014 5:31:42 PM PDT by Gefn (All good kitties go to the Rainbow Bridge;Holly 2/1999-12/2013)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

“Honkey”

LOL!


22 posted on 04/25/2014 5:34:39 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Doh! Now how did that one get in there?
(LOL!)


23 posted on 04/25/2014 5:36:04 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: nickcarraway

Thanks!


24 posted on 04/25/2014 5:38:28 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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To: nickcarraway; All
Biologists had originally thought zebra and donkey chromosomes to be incompatible.

Interesting critter.

This is why I regard evolution and so-called AGW as being based on scientific-sounding conjecture. In other words, scientific facts are proven by the predictable results of repeatable, scientific method-based experiments instead of how well fast-talking activists are able to sell a "jury," that's people like you and me, on how to interpret inconclusive, incomplete evidence.

In this example it took a zebra and a donkey to "design" the right "experiment."

25 posted on 04/25/2014 5:40:20 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t know how rare they are, I have a neighbor with 3 or 4 of them.


26 posted on 04/25/2014 6:00:51 PM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: nickcarraway

They are rare only because there is no commercial demand for them. I see some for sale every year or so. Just an oddity, too close to the wild to train with any degree of safety.


27 posted on 04/25/2014 6:05:22 PM PDT by wrench
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To: nickcarraway

A donkey/ ass with bi-racial stripes. Seems we’ve seen another one of those , at least since 2008


28 posted on 04/25/2014 6:06:29 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: wrench

In the 1800’s the Boers crossbred zebras & horses in an attempt to obtain the immunity of the one with the stamina of the other. Zebras could be broken to harness & mixed teams were tried, but finally it was the mule that succeeded as draft animal, as has been the case for millenia.


29 posted on 04/25/2014 6:30:50 PM PDT by elcid1970
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To: faithhopecharity

Yes, it’s a Badonk Zebrama.


30 posted on 04/25/2014 6:44:31 PM PDT by twister881
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To: Gefn

I knew a guy who bred a bulldog with a shi-tzu. You can guess what he got.


31 posted on 04/25/2014 6:47:42 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: twister881

A genuine genetic freak of nature. Ha. (My theory Is that they don’t issue birth certificates on planet Ferengi, )


32 posted on 04/25/2014 7:01:57 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: nickcarraway

When younger I saw many zebra donkeys in Tijuana. Some working with young women.


33 posted on 04/25/2014 9:48:04 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: Slings and Arrows

He got a heck of a guard dog.


34 posted on 04/25/2014 10:59:56 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

*cough*


35 posted on 04/25/2014 11:14:57 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: nickcarraway

Have they determined if zonkeys can produce offspring? Maybe none of them are old enough yet for mating. Mules have been bred for thousands of years but are sterile.


36 posted on 04/26/2014 12:41:23 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Slings and Arrows

The Zonkey is this year’s Cronut!


37 posted on 04/26/2014 12:54:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Verginius Rufus

The said the males are infertile and the females are almost infertile.


38 posted on 04/26/2014 1:01:28 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

“Are zebras known for domestic violence?”

They’re born wearing prison stripes. That’s got to be a bad sign.


39 posted on 04/26/2014 1:05:12 PM PDT by PLMerite
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To: nickcarraway
The females are almost infertile? So they almost don't have offspring?

What would happen if a male zebra mated with a female zonkey and she had offspring? Would their stripes be like their sire's, in-between a zebra's stripes and a zonkey's stripes, or would they have a checkerboard pattern?

A donkey/zonkey mating might produce offspring with stripes so faint they would be almost unnoticeable.

40 posted on 04/26/2014 1:34:19 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: nickcarraway

Yummy!


41 posted on 04/26/2014 1:57:27 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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