Saturday, October 10, 2009
Donkeys dyed into zebras
Two white donkeys were dyed with black stripes, to the delight of Palestinian children at a small Gaza zoo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
GAZA - TWO white donkeys dyed with black stripes delighted Palestinian kids at a small Gaza zoo on Friday who had never seen a zebra in the flesh.
With their long ears, drooping heads and sleepy eyes, the impostors probably would not have fooled a lioness. But the effect achieved by the zoo owners' dye job looks not so bad - to the unpractised eye, and from a distance.
Nidal Barghouthi, whose father owns the Marah Land zoo, said the two female donkeys were striped using masking tape and women's 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.'
A genuine zebra would have been too expensive to bring into Israel-blockaded Gaza via smuggling tunnels under the border with Egypt, said owner Mohammed Bargouthi. 'It would have cost me US$40,000 (S$55,716) to get a real one.'
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. -- REUTERS
OS from ADS: hmm.. quite creative and imaginative... but poor donkeys....