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Gaza Zoo Paints Donkeys Like Zebras

From the UK’s Telegraph:

Gaza zookeepers draw crowds with painted donkeys after zebras die

A zoo in Gaza has painted two white donkeys with stripes in order to replace two zebras that died of starvation earlier this year during the Israel-Hamas war.

08 Oct 2009

Israel restricts the importing of animals into Gaza, so the Marah Land Zoo’s keepers covered the pair of donkeys in black and white stripes instead.

Mohammed Bargouthi, the owner of the zoo, said it would have cost $40,000 to smuggle in a real zebra into Gaza. So, instead, he used French-manufactured hair dye.

Mr Barghouthi’s son, Nidal, said the two female donkeys were striped using masking tape and hair dye, applied with a paint brush.

"The first time we used paint but it didn’t look good," he said. "The children don’t know so they call them zebras and they are happy to see something new."

Hasan Yaseen said on Thursday that since his three children had never seen a real zebra, they enjoyed the Gaza version.

Aside from the two "zebras", the zoo also flaunts an aging tigress, two monkeys, and a selection of birds, rabbits and cats.

Gaza’s Palestinians are impoverished by their isolation under an Israeli embargo against its Islamist Hamas rulers, who refuse to give up armed resistance against the Jewish state.

Naturally, this is all Israel’s fault.

But for some reason this story were reminded us of Mr. Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize.

We can’t quite put our finger on why.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 9th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “Gaza Zoo Paints Donkeys Like Zebras”

  1. canary says:

    The zebras may have died from failed suicide tools as the recent horses exploded. There is a rise in using horses as the terrorists are going by the Koran’s version of the bible. The zebras look like they are starving, toxic poisioning is going to help.

  2. proreason says:

    This is the perfect metaphore for the lunatic left.

  3. VMAN says:

    Donkeys pretending that they’re something they aren’t. That about right.

  4. Reality Bytes says:

    What’s wrong with this? The RNC couldn’t find a conservative, so they painted John McCain like one.

  5. Confucius says:


  6. Liberals Demise says:

    Don’t we have our very own donkey (D) in the WH that is a ‘Zebra’?
    Just stating an obvious point!

  7. GL0120 says:

    It all makes perfect sense; we too have an Ass that is being presented as something it isn’t.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Looks to me like the kid in the picture doesn’t know which end of a democrat to talk to either!

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