Saturday, June 30, 2007

Hobra or zerse?


"A photo provided by the Zoo Safari and Hollywoodpark Stukenbrock shows the zebra and horse crossbreed 'Eclyse' during its presentation to the public in Schloss Holte, Germany, on Wednesday, June 27, 2007. The father of 'Eclyse' is a horse from Italy, where the crossbreed filly was born in 2006, her mother is a zebra from the Safari park." (Yahoo, via jwz's blog.)

4 comments:

AlisonM said...

OMG. . .is this a new species????

It's a lovely little animal. Have they determined if she's sterile, as are mules? I betcha if she can breed, there'll be farms for these animals all over Texas.

Jim Lippard said...

Apparently the proper name is "zorse" and there is quite a variety of zebra/equine hybrids or "zebroids." When a zebra is crossed with a horse, it's common for the horse parent's markings to be passed down as striped areas on the hybrid child.

Jim Lippard said...

Oh, and zorses are sterile.

Jim Lippard said...

More details on Eclyse can be found here.