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Zorse painting (zebroid painting) by Gautham (class 1)


Zorse painting (zebroid painting) by Gautham Jaganathan Shanmugasundaram, Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan, Class 1, Chennai. Gautham has painted a zorse or a zebroid or a zebra hybrid. Listen to Gautham talk about this unique animal. He describes zorse as a strong animal which eats grass, vegetables and fruit. Zorse has stripes.



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Shortlisted painting in kids art competition by Khula Aasmaan

This painting was shortlisted from the children's art competition by Khula Aasmaan for the period April to June 2019. Khula Aasmaan is a free and open platform for creative thought and action. It encourages creative expression by children (5 to 15 years) and young adults (16 to 25 years). Khula Aasmaan organises kids drawing competition, painting contest for children and art competition for college students. A dedicated web page is created for each shortlisted child artist or young artist. For the next 3 years, new artworks created by the shortlisted child artist or young artist are published on this dedicated web page. Another round of judging decides medals and honorable mentions from among the shortlisted artworks. This cycle repeats every quarter.



A zebroid is the offspring of any cross between a zebra and any other equine: essentially, a zebra hybrid. In most cases, the sire is a zebra stallion. Offspring of a donkey sire and zebra dam called a donkra or zebra hinny and offspring of a horse sire and a zebra dam called a hebra do exist, but are rare and are usually sterile and infertile. Zebroids have been bred since the 19th century. Charles Darwin noted several zebra hybrids in his works.
Zebroids physically resemble their non zebra parent, but are striped like a zebra. The stripes generally do not cover the whole body, and might be confined to the legs or spread onto parts of the body or neck. If the non zebra parent was patterned (such as a roan, Appaloosa, pinto/paint, piebald, or skewbald), this pattern might be passed down to the zebroid, in which case the stripes are usually confined to non-white areas. The alternative name "golden zebra" relates to the interaction of zebra striping and a horse's bay or chestnut colour to give a zebra-like black-on-bay or black-on-chestnut pattern that superficially resembles the extinct quagga. Zebra-donkey hybrids usually have a dorsal (back) stripe and a ventral (belly) stripe.



Zorses combine the zebra striping overlaid on colored areas of the hybrid's coat. Zorses are most often bred using solid-color horses. If the horse parent is piebald (black and white) or skewbald (other color and white), the zorse may inherit the dominant depigmentation genes for white patches. The tobiano (the most common white modifier found in the horse) directly interacts with the zorse coat to give the white markings. Only the nondepigmented areas will have zebra striping, resulting in a zorse with white patches and striped patches. This effect is seen in the zebroid named Eclyse (a hebra rather than a zorse) born in Stukenbrock, Germany, in 2007 to a zebra mare called Eclipse and a stallion called Ulysses.
Zebroids are preferred over zebras for practical uses, such as riding, because the zebra has a different body shape from a horse or donkey, and consequently it is difficult to find tack to fit a zebra. However, a zebroid is usually more inclined to be temperamental than a purebred horse and can be difficult to handle. Zebras, being wild animals, and not domesticated like horses and donkeys, pass on their wild animal traits to their offspring. Zebras, while not usually very large, are extremely strong and aggressive. Similarly, zorses have a strong temperament and can be aggressive.
(source : Wikipedia)


Listen to other children and young adults talk about their paintings :

These paintings are medal winners, honorable mentions and shortlisted paintings from Khula Aasmaan painting contest for children and art contest for college students.

  • Doctor painting by Shilpa Dombare (class 9) - winner of bronze medal in children’s art competition by Khula Aasmaan
  • Holi painting shows Festival of Holi - bronze medal in painting contest for children by Khula Aasmaan for January to March 2019
  • Lord Jagannath painting by Bhaiya Sinha (class 8) - shortlisted in children’s painting competition by Khula Aasmaan for April to June 2019
  • Meera painting as collage art - silver medal in art contest by Khula Aasmaan for April to June 2019
  • Rainbow painting by Anjana Janu Bhavar (class 9) - honorable mention in painting competition for children by Khula Aasmaan for October to December 2018
  • Sant Tukaram painting (संत तुकाराम) - silver medal in art competition for children by Khula Aasmaan for October to December 2018
  • Zorse painting (zebroid painting) by Gautham (class 1) - shortlisted in children’s art competition by Khula Aasmaan for April to June 2019

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