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AnimalsCuteMust ReadBritain’s Second Ever Zonkey Born On Somerset Farm – Cross Between A Zebra And A Donkey!

Britain’s Second Ever Zonkey Born On Somerset Farm – Cross Between A Zebra And A Donkey!

Meet Britain’s second ever Zonkey – an adorable cross between a zebra and a donkey.

Zippy, an ultra-rare Zebra-Donkey crossbreed was born on October 2 on Kristine Turner’s 55-acre farm in South Barrow, Somerset.

His mother Ziggy, a six-year-old zebra, was bought for £10,000 from Germany and shares the fields with nine donkeys.

Despite desperately wanting Ziggy becoming a mother, Kristine gave up hope years ago – until Rag, a four-year-old donkey, showed interest.

Kristine Turner at her farm in South Barrow, Somerset, with Ziggy the zebra.

Kristine Turner at her farm in South Barrow, Somerset, with Zippy the zonkey and Zippy’s mother, Ziggy the zebra.

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

Mum-of-two Kristine, 39, said: “I’ve always wanted it to happen but a few years ago I gave up hoping.

“Raj and Ziggy have been on the farm for years

“Ziggy has always been a bit porky so I didn’t notice she was getting any bigger.

“It was a complete surprise.

Raj the donkey who is father to Zippy the zonkey.

“Last month I opened my bedroom curtains, which look onto the farm, and I just saw this little foal sitting up staring my way.

“I was in complete shock.

“I ran downstairs in my PJs, put a coat on and went over to see him.

“He seemed like a right little character and has had a personality from day one.

“He’s half a wild animal so he’ll nip and kick me a tiny bit but in a cheeky way. Then he’ll dash off. He has quite a fitting name really.

“He’s calmed down a bit now as he lets me brush him.

“Ziggy has really taken to motherhood and she’s a great mum.

“He’s never out of her sight. They wander round the farm and do everything together.

“Rag tends to keep out the way.

“It was a completely natural process. It wasn’t as if I forced them together and was trying to engineer it.

“I bred Rag on the farm four years ago so I had years thinking it was never going to happen – despite really wanting it too.

“I’m just so happy. Zippy is just a little miracle.”

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