Friday, May 11, 2012

What Will They Think of Next?

What do you get when you cross a zebra with a horse? You get a zorse, of course, of course. My kingdom for a zorse. . .oh, Shakespeare my bad. I digress.

A Zorse is a result of a zebra stallion mating with a horse mare. But, crossing a horse stallion with a zebra mare results in a Hebra. Zorses are more common than Hebras. Zorses inherit the color from their horse parent and stripes from the zebra parent. 


The Zorse and Hebra should not be confused with the zebroid (zedonk, zebra mule or zebrule) which are the offspring of any cross between a zebra and mule or donkey. Offspring of a donkey sire and zebra dam, called a zebra hinney or donkra.

The Zorse was originally created in Africa at the turn of the 20th century. These animals are considered hardier than horses and are still used today in the mountains. But because they are half zebra (i.e. wild animal) they are different from the domesticated (tame) horse. They are quicker to react to danger, more cautious and will defend themselves when they feel trapped.

None of these hybrids should be confused with the centaur which is half ass and half horse.

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