Egyptian zoo denies their 'zebra' is a donkey after photo goes viral

Mahmoud Sarhan

The zoo in Nasr City has denied the allegation but Mahmoud Sarhan, a recent high school graduate whose recent Facebook photos of the two animals stirred the pot, is convinced otherwise. One vet said that a zebra's snout is black, while its stripes are more parallel, according to the BBC.

Mahmoud Sarhan, 18, said he was visiting a recently-opened animal sanctuary at the International Garden municipal park when he spotted a odd looking animal.

Cairo's International Garden municipal park has moved to deny allegations they painted black stripes on a white donkey after suspicious images emerged online of the animal in question.

He posted a picture on his Facebook page, which quickly went viral.

Mr Sarhan said the enclosure was home to two animals, both which he says were painted.

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Experts could easily spot the differences - donkeys are smaller in size, with pointed ears and black smudges on the face.

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

Mahmoud Sarhan visited the Cairo International Park. "I knew the shape of donkeys and also I knew the shape of zebras so it was easy to know".

In 2013, a Chinese zoo in Henan province tried to pass off a Tibetan mastiff dog as an African lion, and in 2017 a zoo in Guangxi province disappointed visitors by exhibiting blow-up plastic penguins.

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