How the Zebra Got Its Stripes – 2/11/12

zebraDiscovery News has published a fascinating article about zebras.  Turns out that the stripes may be a way for them to avoid flies – who knew?

CLICK HERE to read the article in Discovery News.

DR. RAMEY NOTES:  Zebras are among the toughest and meanest animals out there.  I recall working on one at the Houston Zoo a number of years back.  It had a hoof abscess that would have crippled a horse.  The poor thing was barely limping.  Their temperament is also likely the reason why they’ve never been successfully domesticated – if they could have been domesticated, they certainly would have been domesticated (like most other equids).

PS – And there’s a link to another article on why leopards got their spots!

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