No, it’s not a misspelling – zebroid is actually a word. Just what is a zebroid? You probably guessed it had something to do with zebras, and you would be correct. A zebroid is the hybrid offspring of a zebra and any other equine. Within the family of zebroids, there are many sub-categories. The offspring are sterile, like mules (the offspring horses and donkeys). The most common to occur in the wild is the zonkey – offspring of a male zebra and a female donkey.
Male Zebra +
If the parents are reversed, a female zebra and a male donkey, the offspring is a zedonk.
Female Zebra + Male Donkey
There are other categories from various combinations of zebras, horses, donkeys, and ponies. There are zebrass, zebadonks, zenkeys, zebrules, zonies, zetlands, zebrets, donkras, and hebras. Perhaps the most striking is the zorse. Eclypse the Zorse is one of the most unusual and beautiful. The mother is a horse and the father was a zebra.
Georgia even has its own little zebroid named Pippi for her striped legs resembling the Pippi Longstocking character’s striped tights. Pippi was born in 2010 at the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve. For more about Pippi see the article and video here.
Can you imagine other unusual animal hybrids? What can you come up with? Comment below.
This is my final post for the A-Z blog challenge. I hope you have enjoyed this series. I have learned some interesting facts researching these articles. I may not be posting every day, but please check back often for new posts!