A Welsh zoo has been fined £20 for breaking the Trade Descriptions Act.
Pontygwynt Zoo in Monmouthshire painted a horse in black and white stripes and advertised it to the public as a zebra called Deborah.
Manager Tony FatArse told WalesOnCraic:
“We would like to take this opportunity to apologise to the public. Times are hard at the moment and we needed to try and do something to draw in the punters. One of the girls at the zoo came up with the idea so it was nothing to do with me but I did think it was a good idea to introduce something a bit more exotic than a horse. But she can pay the £20 fine though.”
The ruse was discovered by children who were feeding the zebra last week. Rain caused the black and white stripes to wash off, leaving some children distressed.
One parent told WalesOnCraic:
“I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was as if this zebra was melting. No wonder it wasn’t responding when I was calling it Deborah. The kids were in tears. I had to take them to Tesco and get some horse burgers to cheer them up.”
It turned out that the horse was in fact called Tina.