(CNN) – It gives a new meaning to the term "a wolf in sheep's clothing". Or in this case a donkey in zebra crossing.
A zoo in Cairo, Egypt, was accused of trying to fool visitors by painting zebra stripes on a donkey, but the zoo director insists that the animal is the real thing.
Mahmoud Sarhan, 18, said he visited a recently opened wildlife sanctuary in the city park of International Garden discovered a strange looking animal.
Sarhan said several things made him stand out and made him suspicious. The black paint had melted on the donkey's face and the ears did not look like the right size for a zebra.
He published an image on his Facebook page that quickly became viral.
In the photo He poses next to the animal and looks confused. He wrote in Arabic: "The stupidity has reached in the country, that they have brought a local donkey and painted to look like a zebra."
The director of Gardens Project in Cairo has denied the reports that they have tried to expel the donkey as a zebra.
"The zebra is real and not painted," said Mohammed Sultan to the Egyptian Youm 7 news channel.
Sultan added that the animals are well maintained and regularly inspected to ensure their welfare. PETA
"No reputable animal care facility would make a contentious animal such as a donkey suspend the stress of restraint and spraying with chemicals such as paint, which could trigger a painful allergic reaction, and PETA.
hopes that the Cairo authorities will thoroughly investigate this matter, "said PETA Foundation Vice-President Delcianna Winders in a statement to CNN.
This is not the first time a zoo has tried to blindfold visitors 9659002] In 2013, a zoo in China upset guests by trying to make a hairy dog look like a lion. And the "lion" even barked.
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