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This Adorable 'Zonkey' Is What You Get When You Cross A Zebra And A Dwarf Albino Donkey

04/26/2014 02:09 pm ET | Updated Apr 26, 2014

Internet, meet Khumba.

Khumba's mother, Rayas, is a zebra, and his father, Ignacio, is a dwarf blue-eyed albino donkey. That makes Khumba a "zonkey," a rare cross between a zebra and a donkey.

The animal was born on April 21 at the Reynosa Zoo in Mexico's northeastern state of Tamaulipas.

A zoo spokesperson told NBC12 that Rayas used to visit Ignacio every afternoon. The donkey had also been known to sneak into the zoo to see her.

Khumba and his proud mom, Rayas.

Zoo officials told ABC News that zonkeys are rare due to a chromosomal incompatibility between donkeys and zebras. A donkey has 62 chromosomes, while a zebra has 32, 44 or 46, depending on the species.

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