A zorse is a zebra hybrid created from the crossing between a male zebra and a female horse. This hybrid breed is also known as zebrula, zebrule, zebra mule or golden zebra; it belongs to the zebroid type of hybrids. Zebroids are the offsprings of any type of crossing between a zebra and other equine ( though usually the equine is a horse ). Zebroids have been bred ever since the 19th century, mentions of their existence appearing in Charles Darwin’s works. Like all hybrids, zebroids and by inclusion zorses are sterile.
When looking at a zorse you will notice rapidly that it takes its zebra striping overlaid from its sire, but the solid coloring remains that of the mare. For this reason, in cases of creating this particular type of zebroid, the mare will usually have a solid coloring like chestnut. In some cases, when the mare is black and white ( also known as piebald ) or white and another dark color, the zorse can inherit the white patches of its mother. However, in these cases, the white pigmentation is given by a dominant gene which interacts with the stripped markings. As a result the white patches won’t have stripes; in the end the zorse will have white patches and stripped patches as seen in the picture above.
Zebroids are easier to ride than a zebra. However, as far as temperament goes, the zorses inherit the temperament of the zebra rather than the horse. Seeing as their sires are wild animals, these particular zebroids can be difficult to handle, temperamental and even aggressive.
Below are a few images of zorses. What do you think about them? ( Image source: Wikipedia )
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