Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Stripy horse seen in Sussex

Is it a bird? is it a plane? No, it's a zorse, or should that be a hebra?

This horse X zebra is called Tango, and he's living a happy life in Arundel, West Sussex. Owned by a member of, Tango stands at 13.3hh and joined his current family in 2005.

According to his 15-year-old owner, Aleathea Hill, he loves cuddles, the beach, playing with Coca Cola bottles (he's quite partial to the fizzy contents too) and his family. His favourite pastime is sleeping. He doesn't like puddles and has rather taken against Aleathea's dad!

He follows Aleathea around by holding on to her pony tail. To see more of Tango, go to his VivaPets page.

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Anonymous said...

Not sure this story rings true does it?! I mean this little zorse is pretty distinctive and the background doesn't quite fit...
Apoligies if I'm wrong!

Laura said...

Hmmm pulling your leg I think, don't believe everything that you read on the net!! I'm not saying she doesn't exsist (she's rather well publicised), far from it. But I doubt she lives in Sussex and is called Tango. An extract from the Daily Mail in July 2007 reads -

The one-year-old zorse was the accidental product of a holiday romance when her mother, Eclipse, was taken from her German safari park home to a ranch in Italy for a brief spell.

There she was able to roam freely with other horses and a number of zebras, including one called Ulysses who took a fancy to her.

When Eclipse returned home, she surprised her keepers by giving birth to the baby zorse whose mixed markings betray her colourful parentage.

The foal was promptly given a name that is in itself a hybrid, of her parents' names.

Now she's become a major attraction at a safari park at Schloss Holte Stukenbrock, near the German border with Holland, where she has her own enclosure.

Udo Richter, spokesman for the park, said, "You can tell she is a mix just by looking at her. But in temperament she can also exhibit characteristics from each parent.

"She is usually relatively tame like a horse but occasionally shows the fiery temperament of a zebra, leaping around like one."

Horses and zebras are often crossbred in Africa and are used as trekking animals on Mount Kenya.

Horsemart said...

No, we weren't sure if it was a hoax either - however, tis amusing either way. :o)