Zonkey Born In Mexican Zoo: 3 Things To Know About The Zebra And Donkey Hybrid

Animal lovers: Get ready to start muttering, "Awwwww!"

A zonkey (zebra and donkey hybrid) has been born at the Reynosa Zoo in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas. The zonkey, named Khumba, has a zebra mother and a dwarf blue-eyed albino donkey father. Born on Apr. 21, the zonkey has been winning hearts around the world.

Last year, a zonkey was born in a Florence animal reserve. The zonkey has been named Ippo and it, as the name suggests, is the mix between a zebra and a donkey. The zonkey is reportedly in good health, according to the announcement made on Monday in Italy. The Florence animal reserve is managed by the Aglietti family and the animals are the reserve are typically seized from private zoos throughout the country. "Ippo is the only one of his kind in Italy," Serena Aglietti said.

Here are three things to know about the Zonkey:

1. There are reportedly other Zonkeys in Germany, China and Georgia. In 2010, a zonkey was born at the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve in Georgia and a donkey-zebra hybrid was born at a Chinese zoo in 2011.

2. A zonkey is also called a "zedonk" or "zebroid." But, a donkey father and zebra mother is called a donkra.

3. A zonkey is rare to conceive due to chromosomal incompatibility between donkeys and zebras, since a donkey would have 62 chromosomes and a zebra would have 32, 44, or 46.

Watch a video of a zonkey here:

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Susmita Baral

Susmita Baral joined Latin Times in April 2013. Her work has been published in VICE, Weight Watchers Magazine, Unique Homes Magazine, US Airways Magazine, Vista Magazine, Daily Glow and Kaplan. She holds a B.A. Psychology from Rutgers University. A self-proclaimed foodie, Susmita is a freelance list maker, part-time Shaq devotee, and a full-time eyeliner junkie who believes mac and cheese is a birthright.