Zonkeys, Zorses, and other Zebroids

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyA baby zonkey was born at Reynosa Zoo in Mexico on April 21 (the link has a news video). It’s the cutest thing! Don’t you love its stripey legs?

Another zonkey was born in Italy last July with more stripes.

What’s a zonkey? Glad you asked!

It’s parents are a zebra and a donkey. That makes it a zebroid—a hybrid from a zebra and anything equine. Technically, this new little guy is a donkra, because the mother is a zebra and the father is a donkey (not the other way around), But the news called him a zonkey, and this is the Letter Z. Also, zebroid is an awesome word.

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Photo by sannse, Colchester Zoo, 2 June 2004. via Wikimedia Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyI love the way portmanteau words are used to describe some of the possible zebroids. Here a a few:

  • Zorse
  • Zony
  • Zedonk
  • Zebonkey
  • Zebadonk
  • Zule

In Hunter Moon, Marce has a black and white war horse. After seeing these zebroids, I had to give the horse stripey legs.

That, my friends, is the last post in the 2014 A to Z Blogging Challenge! What’s next for me? What’s next for you?

What do you think about zebroids? Have you heard of zonkeys before? Have you ever seen one in person (that would be cool)?

21 comments on… “Zonkeys, Zorses, and other Zebroids”

  1. Yay, Diana!! you did it! Congrats! My husband told me about the zonkey, but I hadn’t seen it, so thanks for including a picture—they’re cute little buggers.

  2. Rebecca

    Well, I hadn’t heard of a zonkey or zebroid and I’m in the business of teaching genetics and classification. I will be sure to add this to my examples for next year, right next to the mule and liger. My guess is since zebras and other equines are only somewhat related that the zonkey is sterile. Did you come across that in your research? I’ll have to look it up. I have to say, I think zonkey sounds better than zebroid. Something about the ending.

    And well done on blogging every day for 26 days. Whew! That was a marathon, but it was very fun!

    • Diana Beebe

      Yes, the animals are sterile. Wouldn’t it be cool if they weren’t though? New species! You should also add the geep to your list. A sheep had a baby with a goat in Ireland.

      It has been a marathon. 😀 Thanks for sticking around for the fun!

    • Diana Beebe

      Thanks, Pauline! LOL. “A’d your way to z”—love that!

  3. Congrats on completing the challenge! And here’s an odd zebra fact – unlike horses, another social-living equine, they can’t be domesticated (people tried). I wonder if that’s true for the cute little hybrid…

    • Diana Beebe

      Thanks, Lindsey! That’s really interesting about the domestication–or the lack thereof. Wild to the core, zebras. It does make you wonder about the zonkey. Hmmmmm…

  4. Congrats, Diana! You did it!! Having completed more than one month-long blog challenge, I know how you are feeling right about now. 🙂 You really elevated the month ending with Zonkey. Ha. This is my first zonkey/zebroid experience, and I have you to thank for it.


    • Diana Beebe

      Wow, Elen! This is my first one. I’m kinda wiped out.

      Aren’t zonkeys awesome?! Now every time you see one, you’ll think of me. Hopefully, it’ll more more zebra than donkey, though.

  5. While the zonkey is adorable, I can’t help but wonder how it came into being. Was it just because a zebra and donkey had too much to drink and a one-night-stand followed? Did they fall in love? Did a couple of zookeepers take some happy pills and start playing musical cages with all the animals?

    Yup. Gotta wonder….

    And by the way…congratulations on making it through the entire alphabet! 🙂

    • Diana Beebe

      From what I gathered about this particular pairing, the parents had been visiting each other at the zoo. What made the donkey think about the zebra that way, we’ll never know. I don’t wanna wonder too much though. LOL

      Thanks, Kristy! I appreciate all support!

    • Diana Beebe

      Thanks! That was a fun, crazy ride! Congratulations to you, too!

  6. Awww so cute…congrats on finishing the challenge. As for what to do now…no idea, getting back to the book is on top of the list…soon lol.

  7. Woot woot! Congratulations on a successful completion! One month solid of daily blog posts. Wow! And Zonkey! I can’t stop smiling. Cute little guys. Too bad they’re sterile.

    • Diana Beebe

      Thanks!! Wouldn’t it be great if zonkeys were a common species? I would want one (if I had a few acres and it’s not a wild beast). 😛

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