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Gaza Zoo, Too Poor To Buy Zebras, Paints Stripes On Donkeys (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 03:20 PM ET

A zoo in Gaza cannot afford to buy zebras and has instead painted stripes on two donkeys, AFP reports.

Israel controls the movement of goods into and out of Gaza and only allows in humanitarian and basic supplies. The zoo could smuggle zebras into Gaza through tunnels connecting the strip with Egypt, but that would cost $30,000. The zoo director, Mahmud Barghut, told AFP: "We couldn't afford real zebras." Donkeys only cost $700.

The Telegraphs reports that the zoo had two zebras, but they died of starvation during the Gaza War.

Check out this slideshow of the zoo's donkey-zebras and other animals. Is painting the animals a brilliant idea or terribly depressing?

Donkey with Stripes
 
Palestinian Mahmud Barghut, owner of the 'Happy Land Zoo', stands next to a 'Gaza-made zebra', a donkey painted with stripes, in a cage at the zoo just outside Gaza City on October 3, 2009. Faced with an Israeli blockade, the Palestinian zookeepers were unable to bring in real zebras. Their solution was to paint a couple of donkeys at the zoo, which have become symbols of life under the Israeli blockade, a local attraction and a bit of a joke.
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