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Creation 41(3):56, July 2019

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Zippy ‘zonkey’



When Kristine Turner, of Somerset, UK, woke up one morning recently, she got a big surprise. She hadn’t realized that her six-year-old zebra Ziggy had become pregnant to one of the donkeys sharing the same field. “Ziggy has always been a bit porky so I didn’t notice she was getting any bigger. … [But then] I opened my bedroom curtains, which look onto the farm, and I just saw this little foal sitting up staring my way. I was in complete shock. I ran downstairs in my PJs, put a coat on and went over to see him.”1,2

The foal has the torso of a donkey, but with very evident zebra stripes running down his legs. He has something of a wild zebra’s temperament, as he’ll “nip and kick … [and then] he’ll dash off.” His name ‘Zippy’ is certainly fitting, Kristine says, but added that he has “calmed down a bit now as he lets me brush him.”

Media reports referred to Zippy as being a ‘zonkey’, although that term for a zebra-donkey hybrid is usually reserved for the offspring of a zebra stallion and donkey mare. Zippy more technically is a donkra. Zonkeys and donkras, along with numerous other examples of the various Equus species interbreeding (e.g. mules, hinnies, hebras, zorses, zonies) point to them all being descended from the same original ‘kind’ created on Day 6 of Creation Week (Genesis 1:24–25).

Thus ‘kind’ is not the same as the modern construct ‘species’, indicating Noah needed far fewer animals than skeptics like to claim. The Ark needed to carry only one male and one female of the equine kind.3 Probably at least one of that pair would have had stripes.4 That’s because it can take only a few generations for zebras to progressively lose stripes, whereas non-striped Equus apparently cannot gain stripes unless a striped equine is (re-)introduced into the breeding population—just as Ziggy and Zippy show.

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References and notes

  1. Loveridge-Green, O., Rare cross between donkey and zebra known as ‘zonkey’ born on Somerset farm; independent.co.uk, 5 November 2018. Return to text.
  2. Meet Zippy, Britain’s second donkey, zebra crossbreed ‘zonkey’; msn.com, 6 November 2018. Return to text.
  3. Assuming that Noah understood ‘clean’ and ‘unclean’ (Genesis 7:2) the same way that God later decreed to Moses (Leviticus 11:2–3,26; Deuteronomy 14:6), only one pair of ‘horses’, not seven, were needed. Return to text.
  4. Museum and photographic evidence show the extinct ‘quagga’ had zebra-like stripes on its front half while the back section was like a horse with no markings. In 1987, hoping to re-create a quagga population, a project in South Africa began selectively breeding for reduced striping from a stock of 19 plains zebras. By just the third and fourth generations, there were offspring “looking much like the depictions and preserved specimens of the quagga”. Smith, I., Quagga—Zebra’s cousin that went extinct 100 years ago may be back; thevintagenews.com, 16 April 2016. Return to text.

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