In a shameful incident, two donkeys were painted black and white to resemble zebras at a safari-themed wedding reception in Spain's Cadiz on Saturday.
The hapless animals were seen plodding around outside a bar by a concerned local in El Palmar, a town in Cadiz, who reported it to animal rights campaigners on Saturday. "The donkeys, in danger of extinction, used for tourist exploitation," wrote Angel Tomas Herrera Pelaez while sharing the images online.
The animals were reportedly transported in during the morning, painted in the beating sun and not given shade throughout the day. Such brutality performed upon the animals raised outcry among the netizens who were furious at the sight.
"It is shameful, poor animals," wrote one person in the comments section. "Did they really need to paint donkeys for a wedding?" another questioned.
The OCA (Agricultural and Commercial Office) of Cadizhad said that they had launched an investigation on Monday. As per local media reports, the bar known as a 'Chiringuito' was usually only opened for private events like weddings and communions. It was also revealed that this was perhaps not the first time that an incident like this came to people's notice because earlier also stunts were performed to pass off donkeys as zebra. A zoo in Egypt was accused of pulling a similar stunt in 2018.