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August 05, 2010

Zedonk is making news

Posted in: Horses for the horse crazy

Zebra Donkey Hybrid Born in Georgia article on Care2
posted by Jake Richardson Jul 29, 2010 7:03 am

A zedonk was born recently at an animal reserve in Dahlonega, Georgia (Chestatee Wildlife Preserve).  Zebras and donkeys very rarely mate, but it is not unheard of for them to do so. A zedonk typically results from the pairing of a male zebra and a female donkey. Zedonks are usually sterile because they are missing a chromosome. According to a Science Daily article, “the offspring of an interspecific cross very often are sterile; this hybrid sterility prevents the movement of genes from one species to the other, keeping both species distinct.”
Zedonks are also called Zonkeys, but Zedonk is considered the proper name.


Zedonk Montage on youTube

Another article is at theHorse.com
Zedonk Foal Turns Heads at Georgia Wildlife Preserve


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