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article imageWildlife preserve announces birth of rare Zedonk Special

By Kim I. Hartman     Aug 1, 2010 in Lifestyle
Dahlonega - A rare Zedonk (zebra-donkey offspring) hybrid was born at a Georgia wildlife preserve this week. It's easy to tell which half is zebra and which half is donkey by the adorable stockings on her tiny but steady little legs.
The volunteers at Chestatee Wildlife Preserve in Dahlonega, Georgia said her name is Pippi and she was named after Pippi Longstocking, a fictional character in a series of children's books and movies based on books written by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. The books, written in the early forties, presented the life of the fictional Swedish red-headed youngster Pippi who was not always well behaved. Whether the half zebra and half donkey will be like her namesake remains to be seen.
The newly born baby Zedonk is the first of her kind at the Georgia wildlife preserve and rescue and she is getting worldwide attention from news media this weekend. While some are questioning her name, one look at Pippi's legs leaves no doubt that she has been appropriately named by her caregivers and owners.
Pippi is the newest resident on this 25 acre preserve and joins a list of animals that include her Zebra and Donkey parents as well as a Canadian Lynx, Servals, Chimpanzees, Ring Tailed Lemurs, Capuchin Monkeys, Lions, White Siberian Tigers, Bengal Tigers, Wolves, a Grizzly Bear, Snakes, Birds and more.
The Chestatee Wildlife Preserve located just outside of Atlanta is the work of C.W. Wathen who founded the project in 1992 and has operated as a non-profit corporation rescueing wild and exotic animals from around the country for over 40 years. Wathen, who operates exclusively from donations and admission has rescued animals from private owners, zoo's and theme parks when the conditions were not safe for raising and caring for the wild animals.
Chestatee depends strictly on donations of monies, sanctuary supplies and services as well as their volunteers to continue operations. The animals can be seen on a shorter then average visiting schedule for similar facilities. They're open for visitors seven days a week from 10am to 4pm. This allows plenty of time for volunteers and staff to work with the animals without guests around and allows ample opportunities for the wild and exotic creatures to be alone to feed, rest and play as if they were in the wild.
Staff said Pippi has a mare donkey for a mother and zebra stallion for a father. Zedonk's are extremely rare and they're very excited about her birth. Mother and baby are doing well and are on exhibit in a spacious pasture. At this time they do not anticipate visits increasing to a point of having to remove the one of a kind rare hybrid from areas accessible to the visitors who come in by car and helicopter to get a glimpse of Pippi and all the awesome creatures that can be found at Chestatee Wildlife Preserve.
For more information on Pippi and the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve or to assist in donating time or money check out the website for more on this first class facility.
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