Ultra-rare zonkey crossbreed foal is born on a farm in Somerset

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Is this foal a zebra or a donkey? The answer is not black and white – for he is Zippy the zonkey, one of only two zebra-donkey crossbreeds in Britain.

Zippy was born on October 2 on Kristine Turner’s 25-acre farm in South Barrow, Somerset. His mother Ziggy, a six-year-old zebra, shares the fields with nine donkeys.

Miss Turner, 39, has made several attempts to produce an ultra-rare zebra crossbreed by introducing various randy stallions to the herd.

Zippy was born on October 2 on Kristine Turner’s 25-acre farm in South Barrow, Somerset

Zippy was born on October 2 on Kristine Turner’s 25-acre farm in South Barrow, Somerset

Zippy was born on October 2 on Kristine Turner’s 25-acre farm in South Barrow, Somerset

Ziggy, a six-year-old zebra, shares the fields with nine donkeys.  Miss Turner was astonished to wake up one morning to discover that Ziggy had given birth in the night

Ziggy, a six-year-old zebra, shares the fields with nine donkeys.  Miss Turner was astonished to wake up one morning to discover that Ziggy had given birth in the night

Ziggy, a six-year-old zebra, shares the fields with nine donkeys.  Miss Turner was astonished to wake up one morning to discover that Ziggy had given birth in the night

‘Over the years I kept thinking Ziggy was pregnant,’ she said. ‘But as time went on I thought it would be less and less likely.’

She had all but given up hope of Ziggy becoming a mother – until Rag, a four-year-old donkey, did the deed.

Miss Turner was astonished to wake up one morning to discover that Ziggy had given birth in the night. ‘I looked out on to the field and there was a baby zonkey led next to her,’ she said. ‘I couldn’t control myself.’

She said Ziggy ‘has been a brilliant mum’, but added of Zippy: ‘You can tell he’s still half a wild animal. I know I can’t treat him like a donkey. A couple of times he’s gone to nip me.’

There is thought to be only one other zonkey in Britain, called Zambi, which lives on a donkey sanctuary in Shropshire. 

Zebra crossbreeds, known as zebroids, have been bred since the 19th century. Many were observed in the writings of Charles Darwin.

Miss Turner had all but given up hope of Ziggy becoming a mother – until Rag, a four-year-old donkey, did the deed

Miss Turner had all but given up hope of Ziggy becoming a mother – until Rag, a four-year-old donkey, did the deed

Miss Turner had all but given up hope of Ziggy becoming a mother – until Rag, a four-year-old donkey, did the deed