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BELOGORSK - A zoo in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea has welcomed its latest arrival -- a "zebroid", or "zonkey", which was born after a lonesome zebra got intimate with a donkey. Credit: Ippo the zonkey in Florence. Getty Editorial Named Telegraph by keepers at the Taigan zoo park in southern Crimea, the foal's head and body are the solid brown of a donkey but his legs have the characteristic black stripes of a zebra. Born last week, "Telegraph is very popular with visitors" who can watch him romping around with his mother, according to zoo director Oleg Zubkov. Cross-breeding between zebras and other members of the equine family is not unheard of, although it is rare that the zebra...

Scientists have discovered fossils of a species that was ancestor to all modern carnivores, LiveScience reported. Researchers found fossils of the newly discovered species, Dormaalocyon latouri, in Dormaal, Belgium. Dormaalocyon latouri. Credit: Art by Charlene Letenneur (MNHN) and Pascale Golinvaux (RBINS) Dormaalocyon latouri was a small, 2-pound, tree-dwelling mammal that probably preyed on smaller mammals and insects. Researchers had earlier discovered some Dormaalocyon latouri fossils, including two molars, but it wasn't enough to form a clear picture of the species. Now, 280 new specimens of teeth allow for a fuller description of the species. Its ankle bones also have been found,...

Greek mythology tells of a fire-breathing Chimera with the heads of a lion, a serpent and a goat that once stalked Lycia, a region in what is now the southern coast of Turkey. A recently discovered species of scorpion from Lycia falls short of the Chimera in the terror department, yet serves as an amazing example of how undiscovered species hide in plain sight. Euscorpius lycius. Credit: Ersen Yagmur The hero Bellerophon needed a lead-tipped spear and Pegasus, the flying horse, to take down the Chimera. However, a boot would probably be enough to finish off the new species of scorpion. Entomologists discovered the 2.5 inch-long scorpion hiding out in pine forests or clambering over chalky...

After years of hiding in plain sight, the olinguito is reaching out to make friends. Scientists first spotted and confirmed that the carnivorous mammal was a new species in August, and now they have found their first baby olinguito. The olinguito is the first new species of carnivorous mammal discovered in the Western Hemisphere in more than three decades. The teddy bear-like creature quickly won admirers and shot to viral fame, thanks to its sweet, furry face. So the discovery of a baby olinguito was met with plenty of...

A bustling airport would hardly seem the place to find a new species of reclusive animal, but a team of California biologists recently found a shy new species of legless lizard living at the end of a runway at Los Angeles International Airport. What's more, the same team discovered three additional new species of these distinctive, snake-like lizards that are also living in some inhospitable-sounding places for wildlife: at a vacant lot in downtown Bakersfield, among oil derricks in the lower San Joaquin Valley and on the...