Gaza zebra story…

October 12, 2009

Donkeys get dye-job, take on zebra role

GAZA (Reuters) – Two white donkeys dyed with black stripes delighted Palestinian kids at a small Gaza zoo on Thursday who had never seen a zebra in the flesh.

The Gaza donkey/zebra story was a little gem, a brief and tender look into Gaza’s everyday life without any of the usual cliches or bias. Bravo to your correspondents!


Thanks for noticing it: GBU Editor

Palestinian boys ride dyed donkeys at Marah Land zoo in Gaza City, October 8, 2009. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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As the only charity dedicated to caring for working and abandoned donkeys in Israel and Palestine, Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land ( have been receiving a lot of calls about this story, especially about the fact that on the news reports, children could be seen hitting the donkeys.

Of course, as long as they are cared for and the dye used does not hurt them, they are still better off than many of the donkeys forced to work long hours, carrying heavy loads in the blazing hot sunshine.

Although it is impossible to physically get into Gaza at the moment, our Field Director Lucy Fensom has been in touch with the owners of the zoo, encouraging them to consider the way the animals are treated.

It is certainly nice to hear a more positive story coming out of Gaza and let’s hope that one day the region is at peace.

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