- The zonkey is a zebra and donkey hybrid.
- There are other reports of zonkeys around the world.
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: