This little guy is a 'zonkey' and is a cross between a zebra and a donkey. His story is so cute Disney wants the rights!
In the romantic city of Florence, Italy, a very rare act of love between a zebra named Martin and a Amiata donkey named Giada led to the birth of a 'zonkey' named Ippo. Martin could not contain his all-consuming love for Giada, and jumped over the fence of his enclosure at an animal shelter for abused animals. He lifted the latch of her stable door, and only 12 months later (the length of a donkey pregnancy) did everybody find out about their romantic rendezvous in the stables.
Ippo is an adorable equine with the striped legs of a zebra, but his rump and face are more donkey-like. He is the star attraction at the shelter and hundreds flock to adore him and vie for his attention. The family-run Aglietti farm takes in animals rescued from circuses or owners who treat them badly and they have been receiving requests for rights over Ippo's image from a soft-toy company and another from Disney to make a cartoon.
"We were there at the birth. First the black hooves came out, then the striped legs. We were amazed!" Aglietti said. "He is doing well. He is naughty but is very sweet with children. He is still on milk but is also eating carrots," she said.