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Last Updated: Friday October 09 2009 09:41 GMT

Zoo dyes donkeys to be zebras

L-R: The donkey dyed to look like a zebra in Gaza, and a real zebra in Singapore
Can you spot the difference between the dyed donkey and the real zebra? See the answer at the bottom of the page.

A zoo in the Middle East has come up with an unusual way of getting round strict rules on getting new animals - disguising the ones they've got.

After the zebras at Marah Land zoo in Gaza City died, the owner said it would have cost nearly £20,000 to smuggle in new ones.

So instead he decided to dye two donkeys so they look like zebras.

Owner Mohammed Bargouthi said he'd used masking tape and black hair dye, to disguise the white females.

"The first time we used paint but it didn't look good," he said.

One of the donkey's that's been dyed to look like a zebra

Ore reports on the donkey zebras

"The children don't know, so they call them zebras and they are happy to see something new."

But this isn't something you should try with your own pets!

*The real zebra's on the right