Our Zebra, Zola - the dam of Zany, was born late at night or early morning, June 14 or 15, 2010, near Dallas, TX. CoaSTable brought her to her permanent home in Florida at the age of 4 weeks. Along with Zany and her gelded (neutered) companion, Pixster (a rather rotund male brown miniature donkey), Zola loves to graze and migrate between her home pasture and stall to 2 adjacent pastures connected by our specially constructed zebra path. On weekends, they are joined by our retired racehorse, Fortune Coast.
What CoaSTable has successfully accomplished is to breed Zola to miniature donkeys instead of a full-sized donkey. The result, after a 13 month uneventful pregnancy, is Zany, a mild-mannered male born on May 30, 2016. The sire is either Jack, a 6-year-old white miniature donkey, or his full younger brother (by a year), Dominick. They are virtually identical except that Dom has a curly forelock and Jack's is relatively straight.
Our unique zonkey, Zany, can also be called other terms that are used to describe zebra/donkey hybrids -- zedonk, zebonkey, zebronkey, zebrinny, zebrula, zebrass, or zebradonk. Inasmuch as miniature zonkeys are rare, there are no names yet developed for them. Therefore, we refer to him as a miniature zonkey.
What makes our miniature zonkeys so noteworthy are two factors: first, generally such hybrids are produced by a male zebra and female donkey. Secondly, there are almost no miniature zonkeys produced in the world. We know of one that was born in the past year at a Mexican zoo. It is believed that other miniature zonkeys might have been born in China and Japan as well. Previously, it was believed that because of a discrepancy in the chromosomes between female zebras and miniature donkeys, it would not be possible for the zebra to conceive.
Zany - Born May 30, 2016