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Sussex Zebras
zebra donkeyUnidentified pranksters broke into the Sussex Horse Rescue Trust in Uckfield, East Sussex and transformed "Ant" the donkey into a zebra by spray-painting stripes on him ( Ant wasn't hurt in any way, though the spray paint reportedly had a strong, unpleasant smell. The RSPCA condemned the prank: "It's shocking people would think it was funny to spray-paint a donkey in this way. We take reports of animals being painted very seriously." This prank immediately reminded me of the tradition of Tijuana Zebras, which I last posted about back in 2006. I noted then that the Tijuana tradition of painting donkeys to look like zebras was dying out, but perhaps it's reemerging in Sussex.
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 22, 2011

Poor little donkey :( He might not have been physically hurt but he was probably scared and confused. Especially if he's a rescue animal, who knows what the poor little guy has been through :(
Posted by Nettie  in  Perth, Western Australia  on  Thu Sep 22, 2011  at  08:17 PM
Actually, depending on the type of paint used, this would be a criminal offense in the U.S. Oil based paints are as dangerous to animals as they are to humans and so are some dyes that used to be used on baby chicks during easter holidays many years ago that are now illegal. The painting of baby turtle shells used to be common too and then were banned as a criminal offense. Paints stop pores from breathing correctly and while a small amount of paint may not be harmful, paint (especially spray since that is oil based) is extremely toxic.

So, poor little donkey was yes, scared and confused, but he was also physically put at peril. The doers should be prosecuted and the best way would be to tie them down, spray paint them entirely and then feather them....................let's see how well their health does.
Posted by hulitoons  in  Abingdon, Maryland  on  Fri Sep 23, 2011  at  05:38 AM
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