In 2005, an Italian horse owner named Paquale Berretta bought two zebras from the Circus “Togni.’ One of the mares was already pregnant and after a few weeks she gave birth to a zebra foal.
The zebra mare and her tiny striped foal were put into a field full of other horse mares. Soon after, Paquale put her palomino Lusitano stallion, Eldorado, in the field so he could breed naturally with the horse mares. At first, Eldorado was terrified of the zebra mare and her foal and he wouldn’t go anywhere near them.
That’s why it was a surprise 12 months later when the zebra had a foal! Because the mare had the foal during an eclipse of the sun, Paquale named the half-zebra, half-Lusitano foal Eclissi, which means eclipse in Italian.
Eclissi is much more friendly than her mother. And she is much more curious. She isn’t afraid of humans and is quick to approach them in the stable. She behaves a lot like her dad, Eldorado.
Paquale plans to train Eclissi when she is older. It will be fun to see how she turns out!