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Offspring of zebra-donkey born in Italy (Video)

Friday - 7/26/2013, 12:19pm  ET

WASHINGTON - He's been named Ippo -- which means "hippo" in Italian -- but he's a rare donkey-zebra hybrid, born recently in Florence, Italy.

Time magazine and ANSA report the breeding was unintentional, with a fence separating Ippo's parents.

Time says Ippo is the first zebra-donkey -- or zonkey -- born in Italy. There are reportedly a few in Germany and China.

In the United States, a zedonk was born at a farm in Thurmont, Md., reports the Frederick News-Post. The paper says a zedonk is the result of a coupling between a female zebra and male donkey, while a zonkey is the offspring of a male zebra and female donkey.

Below is video (in Italian) of Ippo the zonkey:

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