Sunday, November 25, 2012

Spotting a spotted zebra

Well, partly spotted, anyway.  And VERY distinctive:

"The mane is short and completely black; the hooped markings on its legs are completely different to normal ones; it has the shape of a donkey; it is much darker all over, but those spots are incredible."

So says the wildlife photographer who captured it on film.  Interestingly, other zebra seem to shun him: he has no herd. Could this be due simply to looking odd, or is it an unrelated circumstance? We don't know.

Nature certainly turns out some oddities.


omegaman66 said...

Wow that zebra is amazing. I wonder if the markings are a manifestation of what zebra use to look like at some point in the past?

Sort of like when whitetail deer rarely grow tusk.

Matt Bille said...

Interesting thought. By definition, we have no idea what long-extinct zebra ancestors looked like.