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A Zedonk? Zebra/Donkey Hybrid Born in Georgia Animal Preserve
ABC News ^ | 7-28-2010 | Bradley Blackburn

Posted on 07/28/2010 12:44:10 PM PDT by Red Badger

The baby animal above is not a zebra. And it's not a donkey. It's a zedonk.

With a zebra father and a donkey mother, the animal has clear black and white stripes on its legs and the brown-haired body of a donkey.

The eye-catching filly was born last Wednesday night at the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve in Dahlonega, Georgia, about 60 miles north of Atlanta.

"She's absolutely beautiful," said Alison Womack, a volunteer at the preserve, adding that the foal is "fabulous, healthy, doing well."

"We think we're going to name her Pippi, for Pippi Longstocking," said C.W. Wathen, the founder and general manager of the preserve. "That's what she looks like -- she's got socks on."

The young zedonk is already on display at the preserve, being held in a pasture with her mother until she's mature enough to join the other animals on the 20 acre property.

Her head may not look like a zebra’s, but Wathen said the young foal has the brain of an animal from the African savanna.

"She sits up, ready to go if anything happens. She's got that wild instinct," he said.

Though Wathen has let horses, zebras, and donkeys run together for decades, he said the birth was a complete surprise. It's the first zedonk born on the preserve and only the second he's seen in over 40 years of caring for exotic animals.

"When she had it, we noticed it had stripes, and we just couldn't believe it," Wathen said. "We thought after momma cleaned it, it would be different. But it never was."

He hopes that the unusual birth will bring more visitors to his non-profit zoo, a refuge for exotic animals abandoned by owners who don't know how to care for them.

Zebra-donkey crosses are rare but aren't unheard of. A foal named Alex, offspring of a Zebra mother and a donkey father, was born in Barbados in 2005.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: donkey; hybrid; zebra; zedonk

1 posted on 07/28/2010 12:44:17 PM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Zedonkadonk. Nice ass.


2 posted on 07/28/2010 12:45:59 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Red Badger

OMG, that is the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen!!!


3 posted on 07/28/2010 12:47:55 PM PDT by EnquiringMind
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To: Red Badger

black, white and an ass....don’t we have one of these already in the White House?


4 posted on 07/28/2010 12:47:58 PM PDT by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: ClearCase_guy; Diana in Wisconsin

Does this count as a Gardening Ping?...............


5 posted on 07/28/2010 12:48:19 PM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: Red Badger

These are surely the end times; wars, strife, murder, human sacrifice, donkeys and zebras living together.


6 posted on 07/28/2010 12:48:21 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (Now can we forget about that old rum-runner Joe Kennedy and his progeny of philandering drunks?)
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To: Red Badger

Being a donkey, and a zebra...if it had been male, it could have been named....aw, never mind.

Seriously, an adorable critter, that.


7 posted on 07/28/2010 12:48:37 PM PDT by repentant_pundit
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To: repentant_pundit

We don't need no zebras!..........

8 posted on 07/28/2010 12:53:07 PM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: Red Badger
I saw two of these last weekend at the Creation Museum in Kentucky. One of them sneezed on my daughter...:)

They're calling them "zorses" though:


9 posted on 07/28/2010 12:54:47 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: MrB

Crosses between zebras and horses have been around for quite some time..................


10 posted on 07/28/2010 12:56:15 PM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: Red Badger

So, now can this zedonk reproduce?


11 posted on 07/28/2010 12:56:57 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

Unlikely.............but it has happened before............

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zedonk


12 posted on 07/28/2010 12:58:37 PM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: Red Badger

I would swear that those that I saw in the petting zoo were donkey crosses, but I could be wrong - probably am, since the picture is clearly labeled “zorse”.


13 posted on 07/28/2010 12:59:52 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: MrB

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zedonk


14 posted on 07/28/2010 1:00:27 PM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: Red Badger

Just checked again - they have both a “zonkey” and a “zorse”.


15 posted on 07/28/2010 1:00:37 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Red Badger

Awww, that’s a cutie!


16 posted on 07/28/2010 1:02:35 PM PDT by bgill (how could a young man born here in Kenya, who is not even a native American, become the POTUS)
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To: MrB

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zorse


17 posted on 07/28/2010 1:04:20 PM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: Red Badger

It’s mother obviously likes to get her freak on.


18 posted on 07/28/2010 1:05:34 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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Look at those little stripey legs! :D cute!


19 posted on 07/28/2010 1:06:48 PM PDT by ThePatrioticArtist
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

It’s father likes to get some ass now and then...............


20 posted on 07/28/2010 1:09:37 PM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: Red Badger

I hope it doesn’t get eaten by a liger.


21 posted on 07/28/2010 1:12:09 PM PDT by Disambiguator (Progressivism, Socialism, Marxism, Communism - it's all shades of black.)
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To: SeaDragon

What a cutie.


22 posted on 07/28/2010 1:13:34 PM PDT by RikaStrom (Pray for Obama - Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his place of leadership.")
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To: Disambiguator

or a tiglon...............


23 posted on 07/28/2010 1:14:56 PM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: MrB

Cute.

Here ya go Bradley: This is a story you might find interesting.
But then you would have known about it if you paid attention in school.

All About MULES!

The Mule is a cross between a donkey stallion (called a jack) and a horse mare. Hinnies are just the opposite - a stallion horse crossed to a donkey jennet. For all purposes, hinnies and mules are classified and shown together under the general term Mule. A mule or hinny may be a male (horse mule or horse hinny) or a female (mare mule or mare hinny). Sometimes horse mules (the males) are called Johns, and the mares are called Mollies. Both male and female mules have all the correct “parts” but they are sterile and cannot reproduce. A VERY few (about 1 in 1 million) mare mules have had foals, but these are VERY, very rare. No male mule has ever sired a foal. SO if you cross a mule to a mule - you get nothing! Mules and hinnies must be bred by crossing a donkey and horse every time. (Male mules should also be castrated, since they are sterile. They can become dangerous with too many hormones, so should always be castrated. You can’t show an intact male mule, anyway, and it is useless to keep them a stallion).
http://www.lovelongears.com/about_mules.html


24 posted on 07/28/2010 1:16:40 PM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: Disambiguator
I hope it doesn’t get eaten by a liger
"It's known for it's skills in magic".
25 posted on 07/28/2010 1:17:33 PM PDT by I Buried My Guns (Novare Res!)
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To: Red Badger

And here I thought it was a Zeobamkey. He’s a cute little guy.


26 posted on 07/28/2010 1:27:00 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Latest most accurate Az Poll to date, of 14 likely voters: McCain 137%, Hayworth -37% (+/- 92%))
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To: pandoraou812
A Zedonk? Zebra/Donkey Hybrid Born in Georgia Animal Preserve

I'm not saying anything. Your daughter might be able to interpret this story. ;^) EFG

27 posted on 07/28/2010 1:29:53 PM PDT by TigersEye (Greenhouse Theory is false. Totally debunked. "GH gases" is a non-sequitur.)
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To: MrB

Do you have a zorse for that claim?


28 posted on 07/28/2010 1:32:10 PM PDT by TigersEye (Greenhouse Theory is false. Totally debunked. "GH gases" is a non-sequitur.)
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To: Marty62

Talk about Roman noses..!


29 posted on 07/28/2010 1:32:26 PM PDT by rahbert (Our enemy has yet to reveal himself...)
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To: MrB
I saw two of these last weekend at the Creation Museum in Kentucky.

Isn't that the place that thinks man co-existed with dinosaurs?

What did you think of that?

30 posted on 07/28/2010 1:36:47 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: ladyvet
black, white and an ass....don’t we have one of these already in the White House?

LOLOL It was inevitable that someone would say that. HA

31 posted on 07/28/2010 1:40:45 PM PDT by Aria ( "The US republic will endure until Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the people's $.")
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To: ClearCase_guy

Question “Who Mulested Whom?”


32 posted on 07/28/2010 1:44:25 PM PDT by Young Werther ("Quae cum ita sunt" Since these things are so!)
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To: humblegunner

I think Matthew 7:6.


33 posted on 07/28/2010 1:45:37 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
"Zedonkadonk. Nice ass."

Has MY vote for post of the day...

34 posted on 07/28/2010 1:48:09 PM PDT by redhead (Abortion: The number one killer of human beings. Period.)
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To: MrB

Yeah.
And dinosaurs were on the Ark and the Earth is 6,000 years old.

This is why institutions exist.


35 posted on 07/28/2010 1:51:55 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: Red Badger

I was expecting to see a picture of Obama. He’s a zebra mixed with a donkey and he’s a total ass.


36 posted on 07/28/2010 1:59:09 PM PDT by RickB444 (Beat your sword into plowshares, but wined up plowing the fields of someone who kept their sword.)
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To: Red Badger

Tastes like chicken.


37 posted on 07/28/2010 1:59:45 PM PDT by RickB444 (Beat your sword into plowshares, but wined up plowing the fields of someone who kept their sword.)
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To: ladyvet

LOL!


38 posted on 07/28/2010 2:05:58 PM PDT by Sergio (If a tree fell on a mime in the forest, would he make a sound?)
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To: ElkGroveDan

You forgot earthquakes!

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/


39 posted on 07/28/2010 2:07:33 PM PDT by Excellence ("A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it.")
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To: Excellence

Does that source contain the relative historic frequency of earthquakes?

I’ve been looking for something like that.


40 posted on 07/28/2010 2:08:43 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: MrB

I have no idea, but I check it every day. It’s amazing the strength and frequency of earthquakes lately.


41 posted on 07/28/2010 2:28:24 PM PDT by Excellence ("A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it.")
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To: Excellence

I looked around on it, and the information is there, but not in a very useful format. I’d have to do a lot of compilation in order to get the analysis I’m looking for.


42 posted on 07/28/2010 2:30:26 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Red Badger

Yep, there’s an “exotics” ranch south of Frankston, Texas that has several born and bred on the ranch. The rancher says they are still pretty darn wild.


43 posted on 07/28/2010 6:09:28 PM PDT by dusttoyou (Remember come November)
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To: Red Badger

I’m thinking the Zebra enclosure fence needs to be a little higher, as does the Donkey fence, LOL!


44 posted on 07/28/2010 6:55:59 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with Chocolate.)
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To: TigersEye

WE both want one, lol!


45 posted on 07/28/2010 7:18:15 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (Don't play leapfrog with a unicorn..........^..........)
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