Rare, cute zebra-donkey captures the internet’s heart

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zonkeyFLORENCE, ITALY – Check out this zonkey! Yes, you read that right. Ippo, as he’s called, was born on an animal reserve in Florence, Italy.

He’s the unintentional love child between a rescued zebra from a failing zoo and an endangered breed of donkey. Ippo’s caretakers built a fence dividing his would-be parents, but you can’t stop nature. The male zebra would hop over the fence and — ahem — with the donkey. A couple of months later, surprise!

Rare, yes. Surprisingly, though, a few other cases of zonkies have been reported in the past. But we think Ippo’s already earned his stripes as the cutest zonkey around.