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Call It Zonkey or a Deebra?
MSNBC ^ | April 29, 2005 | The Associated Press

Posted on 04/29/2005 2:03:01 PM PDT by MississippiMasterpiece

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cary; donkey; genetics; zebra
A female zebra named Allison frolicking with her foal named Alex at the Highland plantation in St. Thomas parish, Barbados.

1 posted on 04/29/2005 2:03:01 PM PDT by MississippiMasterpiece
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

Best animal hybrid: LIGERS.


2 posted on 04/29/2005 2:03:44 PM PDT by Clemenza (I am NOT A NUMBER, I am a FREE MAN!!!)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

Aw, he's adorable.


3 posted on 04/29/2005 2:04:43 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Pajama Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

The Zonkey is cute. Poor thing can't hide in the trees/grass as well as it's mother, though. Those stripes are there for a reason. 'Course if it's in captivity...


4 posted on 04/29/2005 2:05:53 PM PDT by madison10
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To: MississippiMasterpiece
I was under the impression that Zebras and Donkey's were closely related, with similar temperaments.
5 posted on 04/29/2005 2:06:11 PM PDT by Wiseghy ("Sometimes you're windshield, sometimes you' re the bug")
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

Oh my! He's sooo cute!

But will he be teased for wearing striped stockings?


6 posted on 04/29/2005 2:06:25 PM PDT by najida (I wish I had Tina Turner's legs, Ann Coulter's brains and Paris Hilton's credit cards.)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece
Call It Zonkey or a Deebra?

If they can teach it to invent nonsensical news stories, they can call it Debka.

7 posted on 04/29/2005 2:06:36 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

They aren't new - allways known as a "ZeeDonk"


8 posted on 04/29/2005 2:06:58 PM PDT by xcamel (Deep Red, stuck in a "bleu" state.)
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To: SandyInSeattle

what do you get when you cross a jackass with a democRAT ?


9 posted on 04/29/2005 2:07:10 PM PDT by kingattax
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To: MississippiMasterpiece; Fierce Allegiance
I prefer Ligers.

Hey Fierce, what was your old tag? Something about Zebras being the free range bar codes of the Serengeti?

10 posted on 04/29/2005 2:07:23 PM PDT by Miss Behave (Beloved daughter of Miss Creant, super sister of danged Miss Ology, and proud mother of Miss Hap.)
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To: kingattax

What's the difference?


11 posted on 04/29/2005 2:07:36 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Pajama Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: SandyInSeattle

exactly


12 posted on 04/29/2005 2:07:56 PM PDT by kingattax
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To: kingattax

:-)


13 posted on 04/29/2005 2:08:21 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Pajama Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

From an onomatopoetic, aesthetic, and comedic standpoint "zonkey" beats "deebra" hands down.


14 posted on 04/29/2005 2:09:12 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: SandyInSeattle

I agree, he's very cute. Fuzzy little thing, nice striped leggings....

LQ


15 posted on 04/29/2005 2:09:28 PM PDT by LizardQueen (The world is not out to get you, except in the sense that the world is out to get everyone.)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

donkbra,zonkey,deebra,zeedonk....pong


16 posted on 04/29/2005 2:11:45 PM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece
Let me tell you what a jackass your father was.
17 posted on 04/29/2005 2:11:47 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Blackwell for Governor 2006: hated by the 'Rats, feared by the RINOs.)
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To: Clemenza

Yeah...their pretty much my favorite animal too!


18 posted on 04/29/2005 2:16:16 PM PDT by Lekker 1 ("There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be attainable"- Albert Einstein)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece
Pfft, ain't nuthin, wait till you breed one of these critters.....
19 posted on 04/29/2005 2:26:54 PM PDT by MississippyMuddy (No peace, without FREEDOM!!)
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To: kingattax
"what do you get when you cross a jackass with a democRAT?"

Oh, but you repeat yourself. . .silly person.

20 posted on 04/29/2005 2:37:48 PM PDT by doberville (Angels can fly when they take themselves lightly)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

21 posted on 04/29/2005 2:41:52 PM PDT by itsamelman (“Announcing your plans is a good way to hear God laugh.” -- Al Swearengen)
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To: Clemenza


Liger.

Can you say big?
22 posted on 04/29/2005 2:44:22 PM PDT by Windcatcher
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To: Wiseghy

Donkeys are much smarter and can remember what they have been taught for years, a zebra has to be worked almost every day or it goes back to being wild again.


24 posted on 04/29/2005 3:02:29 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for not reading the whole article since 1999)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

A zonkey? A deebra?

It doesn't matter, it's too cute for words ;-)


25 posted on 04/29/2005 3:05:15 PM PDT by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: xcamel

A ZeeDonk is correct! The feller down the road from me had some a couple of years ago.


26 posted on 04/29/2005 3:41:29 PM PDT by Beach_Babe (A nation that kills its own children has no future...John Paul II)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

Ringling Brothers has several of these animals that travel with the circus.

FWIW, they call them "Zonkeys."

I just think they're cute.

Regards,


27 posted on 04/29/2005 3:46:05 PM PDT by VermiciousKnid
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

Zebras are nasty enough without putting donkey blood in them.


28 posted on 04/29/2005 3:53:32 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Clemenza

Gimme your tots.


29 posted on 04/29/2005 3:55:01 PM PDT by martin_fierro (¡Eso es Queso!)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

A mule (hybrid of a horse and ass) is un-sexed, sterile. Is this zebra/donkey cross going to be able to sire offspring?


30 posted on 04/29/2005 3:55:56 PM PDT by eccentric (a.k.a. baldwidow)
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To: Beach_Babe

If my not so reliable memory serves, they are sometimes referred to as Quaggas, although technically the Quagga is an extinct varient of the plains zebra.


31 posted on 04/29/2005 4:07:08 PM PDT by chb
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To: MississippiMasterpiece
They got those things all around Tiajuana.
32 posted on 04/29/2005 8:44:32 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Mesocons for Rice '08)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

The Sesame Street Song... keeps running through my head....

One of these is not like the other one...


33 posted on 04/29/2005 8:45:12 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher (I thought Pissant was a bug.)
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To: Miss Behave

I don't rememeber anything like that, but I think you are a Wharpoise, a strange combo of a porpoise & whale. OK, more likely, you are just trying to "warp us".


34 posted on 04/29/2005 9:08:35 PM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (This is not your granddaddy's America...)
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To: Dashing Dasher

If I were at work, I have a very disturbing Bert & ernie pic I would post to your comment. no go here at home on dialup


35 posted on 04/29/2005 9:10:26 PM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (This is not your granddaddy's America...)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

I'll wait until Monday.

;-)


36 posted on 04/29/2005 9:11:54 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher (I thought Pissant was a bug.)
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To: Dashing Dasher

Hoo Rah, one of my buds is alive tonight!


37 posted on 04/29/2005 9:13:51 PM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (This is not your granddaddy's America...)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

We are all over at the Alcohol makes your brain swell thread.


38 posted on 04/29/2005 9:15:05 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher (I thought Pissant was a bug.)
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To: Dashing Dasher

Guide me! I'm swelling!


39 posted on 04/29/2005 9:18:33 PM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (This is not your granddaddy's America...)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1393666/posts


40 posted on 04/29/2005 9:19:51 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher (I thought Pissant was a bug.)
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To: MississippiMasterpiece

Hmmmmm. I remember seeing one of those in my Weekly Reader when I was in first grade. That puts it around 1973/74. I remember back then, they gave her the name "Debra" for Donkey/zEBRA, so I guess at that time, they called them "Deebras." "Zonkey" would be cool too but it reminds me of the old Monty Hall show, "Let's Make a Deal" when a contestant opened Door #2 and got a "Zonkey" (Donkey as a "zonk" prize) to take home. B-) A little over 30 years later, it seems like what is old is new again.


41 posted on 04/29/2005 9:25:58 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (Lutheran, Conservative, Neo-Victorian/Edwardian, Michael Savage in '08! - Any Questions?)
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