A female donkey gave her owners quite a surprise when she gave birth to a foal with striped legs.

The foal’s father is a zebra.

The Chestatee Wildlife Preserve in Dahlonega, in the US, owns a handful of female zebras but just one male.

CW Wathen owns the preserve and says the donkeys live with the zebras because they keep the zebras calm, but this is the first time he has ever known them to mate.

The foal was born on 21 July and is nicknamed 'Pippi Longstocking'.

Watch a video of 'Pippi'

She is in good health and mother and baby have bonded well, according to their owners.

Chestatee Wildlife Preserve is located one hour north of Atlanta in the state of Georgia and is home to exotic animals used to educate the public about wild and domesticated species.