In the news last week was the discovery of an unusual-looking foal alongside its mum (a stray zebra) in the Chyulu Hills National Park in Kenya.
Animal rescue organisation, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, were called in to re-home the wayward zebra, and only recently noticed the unusual markings on the foal, which led to identifying it as an extremely rare donkey-zebra hybrid - a zonkey.
Check out some information on other hybrid animals, and investigate or create some of your own - either real or fictional (just look at the ancient Greek myths) ... there are plenty of examples out there to refer to and read about. For older children this is a good way to instigate discussions around the ethics of cross-bred animals and mixing human and animal biology.
Hybrid Animals Facts - Aimed at primary school children
Monsters and Creatures of Greek Mythology - A summary for primary school children
Real or Fake? 8 Bizarre Hybrid Animals - Aimed at upper primary/ secondary students
Creatures and Monsters from Greek Mythology - Aimed at upper primary/ secondary students
The mixed-up world of hybrid animals - Aimed at secondary students
The uneasy truth about human-animal hybrids - Aimed at secondary students and adults
Top Ten: Most Terrifying Monsters Of Greek Mythology - Aimed at secondary students and adults
When rangers at a Kenyan national park first glimpsed a tawny foal alongside its zebra mother, they assumed the newborn had been wallowing in a mud bath. A closer look, however, revealed the surprising truth: the mare had given birth to a rare zebra-donkey hybrid known as a zonkey. The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT), which reported the discovery, said the birth was “highly unusual” ...