A donkey was painted as a zebra in Cairo

Wolf in sheep's clothing? A zoo in Cairo has been accused of painting a donkey to pass it off as a donkey.

In 2013, a zoo in China angered guests by trying to pass off a hairy dog as a lion, after the "lion" even barked.

Turns out they're not the only ones.

An 18-year-old tourist, Mahmoud Sarhan, was visiting a recently-opened animal sanctuary at the International Garden municipal park when he spotted a strange looking animal. Several things about the animal were suspicious to Sarhan. According to him, the black paint on the donkey's face had melted and the ears didn't look like the right size for a zebra.He posted a picture of himself, bemused, posing next to the animal on his Facebook page, and quoted (in Arabic): "The stupidity has reached in the country that they brought a local donkey and painted it to look like a zebra."

The photo quickly went viral.The director of Gardens Project in Cairo, Mohammed Sultan, has denied the reports that they had tried to pass off the donkey as a zebra.

"The zebra is real and not painted," Sultan told Egypt's Youm 7 news channel. Sultan added that the animals are well taken care of and are inspected regularly to ensure their welfare.

A leader with the animal activist group PETA reviewed the images and disagreed that this animal was well taken care of.

"No reputable animal care facility would subject a skittish animal like a donkey to the stress of being restrained and sprayed with chemicals like paint, which could cause a painful allergic reaction, and PETA hopes that Cairo authorities are fully investigating this matter," PETA Foundation Vice President Delcianna Winders told CNN in a statement.

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