The Gaza “zebra”

This is really sad: the “zebra” in the impoverished Gaza zoo is a shaved donkey painted with stripes.

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Fig. 1. Faux zebra

24 Comments

  1. Posted July 26, 2009 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    Why do places like that even bother to have a zoo when they have other more pressing issues to deal with? If they are trying to educate the public, a museum would probably do a better job & no animals will suffer.

  2. NewEnglandBob
    Posted July 26, 2009 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    The zookeepers think it is OK to be deceptive to school children. Pathetic.

    The economy is tough all over. Boston is cutting its zoo funding and the two zoos may close.

  3. Fraser
    Posted July 26, 2009 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Um, the schoolchildren can sort themselves out. The donkey has been shaved and painted. I don’t care about the children so much, and I don’t think it’s appropriate to invoke “the children” here.

  4. PrimeMate
    Posted July 26, 2009 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    I’m not standing up for the donkey owner, but animals can preserve the sanity of children brought up during wars. I was going to add, “Look at me, I’m proof!”, but then, I’m here, on this blog, on a Sunday….

  5. AdamK
    Posted July 26, 2009 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    I’m saddened all around, but I’m in no position to criticize or advise anyone in such a desperate society. Just mute and sorrowful.

  6. Barry
    Posted July 26, 2009 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Faking up animals to look real, and to deceive children no less, is the most despicable thing I can think of. Any culture that would do that is worthy of condemnation. Sorry, I can’t stay to write more on this. Got to run the kids to a movie right now (it’s a double feature – Jurassic Park & 10,000 BC).

    • NewEnglandBob
      Posted July 26, 2009 at 9:52 am | Permalink

      Well no, you don’t condemn an entire society or culture for the actions of one or a few people.

    • Bhoytony
      Posted July 26, 2009 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

      “Faking up animals to look real, and to deceive children no less, is the most despicable thing I can think of.”

      Barry you really need to get out more if that’s the most despicable thing you can think of.

      • Critical Rationalist
        Posted July 26, 2009 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

        I thought Barry’s reference to Jurassic Park and 10,000 BC would make his sarcasm obvious, but perhaps not.

      • NewEnglandBob
        Posted July 26, 2009 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

        Critical Rationalist, I, for one, have not seen either movie.

  7. bueller007
    Posted July 26, 2009 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    And one of the picture captions in their gallery says that a lion was killed by shrapnel.

    Lovely.

  8. Jackybird
    Posted July 26, 2009 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    I have to agree with AdamK and withhold critisism.

  9. Joe
    Posted July 26, 2009 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Maybe if Gaza’s citizens wouldn’t have devoted themselves to their neighbour’s destruction they would be able to afford a normal donkey.

    • Adam M.
      Posted July 27, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

      I’ll assume you’re talking about the Israelis living or stationed there who make the Palestinians’ lives a living hell, and perpetrate about 100x the amount of violence and terrorism as the Palestinians do…

  10. whyevolutionistrue
    Posted July 26, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    o.k. we are NOT going to respond to this trolling attempt and get into a big discussion of the Palestianian situation, ARE WE?????? It’s a ZEBRA (well, a donkey), folks!

    • Adam M.
      Posted July 27, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

      We’re not? 🙂

  11. MadScientist
    Posted July 26, 2009 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    The painter apparently isn’t familiar with how various zebras are striped either.

    Even with the poor quality photo the head and ears say “donkey” and the pattern of stripes (which is just wrong for a zebra) say that there’s something funny going on.

    @Aydin: there could be any number of reasons for a zoo – someone thought it might be profitable, or the community thinks it would be a good idea to keep the kids busy and they can forget about the constant threat of violence for a while, or any number of other reasons and combinations.

  12. Michael K Gray
    Posted July 26, 2009 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps they are going to use it as a “Zebra Crossing” point?

  13. Posted July 26, 2009 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    It’s the Middle East. Donkeys are everywhere. They aren’t fooling any kids.

    • SeanK
      Posted July 27, 2009 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

      You’re assuming the children are at least somewhat educated.

  14. Steve Page
    Posted August 1, 2009 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Hey, it’s another photo for Harun Yahya’s next book. 🙂

    • Faraz
      Posted October 8, 2009 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

      Who’s Harun Yahya?

      • newenglandbob
        Posted October 8, 2009 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

        Adnan Oktar (born Ankara, February 2, 1956)–also known by his pen name, Harun Yahya–is a prominent advocate of Islamic creationism in the creation-evolution debate and, more particularly, supports Old Earth creationism…

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adnan_Oktar

  15. Posted October 9, 2009 at 3:47 am | Permalink

    Its a good idea. when you dont have money to buy a real thing you can buy a copy of that.
    this is one of TRIZ (Theory of inventive problem solving)principles.
    Principle No:26/40


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