What do you get when you cross a donkey with a zebra? A zedonk, of course! The owners of the non-profit Chestatee Wildlife Preserve near Dahlonega, Georgia got a big surprise recently when their mama donkey gave birth to her mixed breed foal. Since she was born with striped legs and a solid body, they named the baby Pippi Longstockings. The foal has attributes of both donkey and zebra. Though she sports stripes, she is much less skittish than a zebra and seems not to mind all the attention she is getting.
Chestatee Wildlife Preserve is a non-profit wildlife animal rescue operation that is set up like a zoo so that visitors can enjoy their residents. The facility is open to the public 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 11 and younger. They accept cash and check only, and unlike many other facilities of its kind, donations and revenues from admissions at Chestatee are devoted to caring for the animals; none of the funds are used for administrative purposes or site maintenance. The Preserve is located in north central Georgia, near the border with North Carolina, near the historic gold mining town of Dahlonega, which is also well worth a visit.