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Rare zebra-donkey hybrid born in Mexico

A rare cross between a zebra and a donkey has been born at a zoo in Mexico.

Khumba makes his debut at the Reynosa zoo

A rare cross between a zebra and a donkey has been born at a zoo in Mexico.

The male, named Khumba, was born April 21 to a female zebra named Rayas (Stripes) at the Reynosa zoo in the state of Tamaulipas in northeastern Mexico. Khumba's father, Ignacio, is an albino donkey.

Zoo CEO Alfredo Moreno Ricart told the Mexican newspaperElDiariode Juarez that it's the first "cebrasno," or zonkey, born in Mexico.

He noted such births are rare, in part because zebras have 42 chromosomes and donkeys have 62.

Another zonkey was born last year in Italy.

Canada is also home to at least one zonkey, 18-year-old Zena, that lives at the Oaklawn Farm Zoo in Aylesford, N.S.

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