All this changed when Zonk was introduced to 6-year-old Zelda, also the product of a male zebra and female donkey. Zelda had narrowly escaped danger earlier this year when she was found on a New Jersey feedlot destined for a slaughterhouse in Canada, CBC News reported. A Nova Scotian woman bought her for $800, and made arrangements to transport her to the safety of Integrity’s Haven. She was named after the video game character Princess Zelda, who also needed rescuing.
Though Zelda’s white and blonde coat is devoid of the stripes that cover Zonk, the two zonkeys look strikingly similar, and quickly formed a bond. “Now, Zelda and Zonk are inseparable, they drink water together, eat together, rest together and play together,” Welburn says.