Monday, September 30, 2013

WEIRD AND RARE ANIMAL IN FLORENCE - Aglietti Animal Reserve

FLORICOLTURA AGLIETTI - PLANTS & ANIMALS NURSERY  
Address: Via del Barco 15M, Florence 
Bus: Line 30 or 35 stop at Il Barco
Opening: Mon to Sat 10-12am and 3-5pm
Contacts: +39055419614 Agliettifloricoltura.it

Have you ever toyed with a Zonkey? Discover a secret zoo in Florence and its freak animal...  


One of the weirdest, freaky and rare animal in the world. In a small private animal reserve. 

One part zebra, one part donkey. A rare hybrid animal, better known as “zonkey”, has been born in Florence this year, July 19.

Ippo, as the newborn is named, is the only specimen of zonkey in Italy and it seems to be very difficult that the coupling between zebra and donkey lead to a pregnancy with a happy ending. Even in the rest of the world indeed there is the evidence of only 3 others zonkeys (in Germany, China and Georgia).


But how it happened, who will take care about Ippo and where he exactly is?

Florentines people have always had a passion for exotic animals, just think of the giraffe Lorenzo de Medici, back in Renaissance (pictorial testimonies of around 1500). And giraffes are not certainly a native species in Florence, as well as nor in Europe! Well, this is the case of Aglietti family, owners of the homonymous nursery for flowers and plants founded in Florence more than 50 years ago and today located nearby the Cascine park.




Next to cultivation, they have created an animals reserve, a kind of private zoo, which houses over 170 animals. Camels, llamas, ponies, horses, storks, emus, Tibetan goats, donkeys, zebras, Koi carps... Many of them, as rare or threatened species, are entrusted by the forestal guardian to Aglietti for recovery or reproductive purposes.


















Ippo indeed is the foal of a male zebra who was adopted from a failing zoo and an endangered donkey breed from Amiata. Even though a fence separated the two animals at the reserve, the zebra climbed over (what a romatic story!) and mated with the donkey, producing Ippo.















This male zonkey has black and white banded legs like a zebra, and has the face, ears and fur of a donkey.

Ippo the zonkey, however, will not likely be able to continue his legacy by fathering offspring of his own. Because of the incompatibility of the parents' chromosomes, zonkeys are usually unable to reproduce. So if you want to give him a caress, don’t miss this unusual place in Florence, because you do not know whether, where and when something similar will born again! 

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