Photo Gallery A Unique Zebroid Moves to Germany

"Eclyse," a singular horse-zebra hybrid, arrived at her new home, the Stukenbrock safari park in Germany, two weeks ago. The young "zebroid" looks like a fairy-tale creation -- but she's real.
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"Eclyse," a singular horse-zebra hybrid, arrived at her new home, the Stukenbrock safari park in Germany, two weeks ago. Eclyse's mother is a zebra that used to call the Stukenbrock safari park home. In 2003, she was sent to a farm in northern Italy where she met Eclyse's father, a horse. Eclyse's coloring is very unusual for a zebroid.

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Eclyse is unique, because zebra-horse hybrids (also called "zebroids" and "zorses") usually have zebra fathers and horse mothers. Eclyse may be unable to reproduce because most equine hybrids are infertile.

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Shown here with animal inspector Karl-Heinz Lesker, the yearling's tiny size is apparent. When safari park head Fritz Wurms took a trip to Italy to visit Eclyse's mother, he fell in love with Eclyse and decided to bring her back to her mother's former home.

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Eclyse is shown here with Fritz Wurms, the man who brought her to Germany. Humans have been cross-breeding zebras and horses since colonial times, and the practice is still used to create hobby animals.

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The Stukenbrock safari park reports that although Eclyse has inherited her mother's high-spirited temperament typical to zebras, she tolerates a bridle and is friendly to visitors.

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