Tijuana is famous for several reasons, but without a doubt one of the more popular are "zonkeys", donkeys painted as zebras, found in Avenida Revolución in downtown Tijuana.
The donkeys and their carts were tourist attraction in the early 1900s, however back then photos were black and white, and white donkeys hardly registered on the photo. One photographer come up with the idea to paint his donkey with black stripes, and it was such a hit that everyone started imitating him.
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PaulVDV (32637) 2017-03-15 13:54
I remember these zonkeys from when I was in Tijuana in 1989. Actually, I thought it was a pitiful sight.
I do like your picture. It presents a bit of the crazy atmosphere in that town.
A colourful image with good sharpness and clarity. Well composed.
Best regards, Paul
ikeharel (78289) 2017-03-15 22:32
You almost got me to believe there are Zebra-donkey in Mexico... fun idea, but wondrer what the donkey reckon of that.
Colorful display to attract the by-passers, a moment well taken.
jemaflor (103099) 2017-03-16 0:18
Very original this animal ... well presented but a little ridiculous for this animal this painting, tfs.
holmertz (59118) 2017-03-16 2:24
It's an amusing photo with lots of colours and details. Maybe the donkey doesn't care about its stripes as long as it has something to eat. Otherwise I find this a rather strange tradition.
lousat (97569) 2017-03-16 3:16
HI Pedro,i thought that it was real before to read your your note...ehehehe....this donkey is painted in a perfect way,truly lovely.Interesting post of one of the touristic attractions of this city,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
snunney (106501) 2017-03-16 3:16
An unusual sight in the middle of the city. One wonders how the donkeys feel about being painted? Nevertheless, they provide an interesting photo opportunity. I like your composition and point of view. Very good technical realisation.
Royaldevon (43375) 2017-03-16 3:24
I have never ever seen a Zonkey before!
What a colourful addition to any street!
The donkeys don't seem to mind their 'new' costumes and they are so unusual they will certainly attract tourists!
The zonkey makes a wonderfully attractive focal image. I might even have cropped the lamppost so that there is nothing competing with it for f/g attention.
Thank you for sharing this,
macjake (72539) 2017-03-16 4:05
i have never been to Tijuana, and if i do i guess I may come across this scene :)
this is so strange! I hope the painted black stripes doesn't affect the donkey in any way. I guess as long as he has food he's happy.
strange but true tradition, certainly a unique post!