"Oh man, look at that horse they have there in Africa, it has stripes all over it, is it sick or something?"
"No dude, it's a Zebra."
"Mmm...Striped Horse, for you"
Kanji: "stripes" and "horse"
"Ha ha! Look at that horse in the pond! I've never seen such a fat horse! What's up with those African horses?!"
"Eeee? Hip Hop-what?"
Kanji: "river" and "horse"
I was amused to find that the Kanji (Chinese Characters) meanings of Zebra and Hippopotamus in Japanese were striped horse and river horse respectively (river horse? how about sumo wrestler horse!).
There is something similar in English, namely, the sea horse. The Kanji for sea and horse form a word in Japanese as well, only that it's not the word for sea horse...
Meaning: Sea Lion
Kanji: "sea" and "horse"
"Oh, that horse over there MUST be sick!"
"NOT A HORSE man, that's a Gira...
yeah, that's a long necked weirdly colored horse..." :P
(No. Actually, giraffes have nothing to do with horses, even in Japanese)