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Donkeys in a zoo in the Middle East are having an identity crisis — as they’ve been dyed to look like zebras.

When the zebras at Marah Land Zoo in Gaza City died earlier in the year owner Mohammed Bargouthi decided to disguise the donkeys as zebras — as the cost of replacing them with real zebras was too high.

He claims it would have cost almost £20,000 to get new zebras due to strict laws regarding importing animals.

He began by painting stripes on but felt it didn’t look quite right, so now uses hair colourant to dye black stripes on the white donkeys.