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Golden Zebra Photograph

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Circulating image depicts a rare golden zebra with bright blue eyes.

Brief Analysis

The zebra, named Zoe, is real and she indeed has gold coloured stripes and blue eyes. However, the circulating image has been digitally enhanced to increase the intensity of her golden stripes. Zoe lives at the Three Ring Ranch animal sanctuary in Hawaii. She has a condition called amelanosis, which is the cause of her striking appearance.

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Detailed Analysis

This image, depicting a beautiful golden striped zebra is currently circulating via social media websites and the blogosphere.

The animal depicted is real and indeed has golden-hued stripes and blue eyes. Zoe, the rare golden zebra, lives at the Three Ring Ranch Exotic Animal Sanctuary town of Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Information about Zoe on the Three Ring Ranch website explains:

Her unusual color is due to her having “amelanosis”. She is not an albino. She has striking gold stripes and blue eyes. In horses, there is a similar condition called “Lethal White Foal Syndrome” which is associated with the occurrence of other serious birth defects. Although this color variation occasionally occurs in wild herds, the animals would likely survive only a few days at best. This is probably because zebras use their stripes as camouflage to blend in with the rest of herd. This then allows the herd, to confuse predators with the changing patterns formed by the movement of a large group. Animals that stand out from the herd are easy targets for predators. In nature, having a color variation that makes you stand out is not a good thing!

 

There have been reports of at least two other “white” zebras in captivity. One in Germany about a hundred years ago and another at a zoo in Tokyo in the 1970’s. At this time we know of only one other zebra like Zoe alive. If anyone has heard of other “white” zebras, we would be very interested in hearing about them.

While Zoe is certainly real, the circulating photograph of her has been “enhanced” apparently in an effort to increase the intensity of her stripes.
The original, unaltered, image was snapped by Bill Adams and can be viewed on his flickr profile.

As Bill’s photograph shows, Zoe is beautiful in her own right and needs no digital enhancements.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer