A zonkey is a thing! We repeat: a zonkey is a thing that exists in our world! This is not a Harry Potter drill, this is real animal.
This donkey-zebra hybrid was not bred in some laboratory run by an evil scientist who manically laughs while lighting strikes behind him. The way this animal came about is actually quite sweet.
The Reynosa Zoo in Northern Mexico has a zebra named Rayas, and she used to visit her friend Ignacio, a dwarf, blue-eyed albino donkey that lived on an adjacent farm. Well, obviously these two went from friends to more than friends because soon enough, Khumba the calf was born!
Zoo officials say that the half donkey, half zebra is extremely rare as zebra chromosomes and donkey chromosomes are not compatible. But if we learned one thing from Jurassic Park, it's that the person who is a specialist on Velociraptors will undoubtedly get eaten by them. But if we learned two things, it's that we didn't say the magic word.
But if we learned three things, it's that life finds a way. And we're sure glad it did because look at this adorable animal that has a sweet donkey face and zebra-striped legs! We love it.
This is not the first zonkey to ever be created, but it's definitely one of very few.
Our only hope about this story is that there wasn't a male zebra who was around for the birth, hoping to see a full-blown zebra calf come out of his partner. Because that would've been awkward.