Rare Zebra Born With Spots Instead Of Stripes

- in Animals, News

The unusual baby zebra was spotted (excuse the pun) in Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, and photos of this delightful animal went viral on social media.

A wildlife specialist Parmale Lemein told the Daily Nation that this zebra was the first of its kind at the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Zebras stripes come in different patterns, unique to each individual one. The spots on this Zebra, sets this one apart from the rest.

Image credits: Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association

More than likely this zebra has melanism which is a development of dark pigments in the skin or its appendages, called Pseudo-melanism also know as abundism.

According to Ren Larison a biologist at the University of California, LA, who is studying the evolution of zebra stripes, says Pseudo-melanism is a rarely transmitted modification in stripe patterns.

Melanistic Zebra – Maasai Mara – Kenya

A rare sight, a Melanistic Zebra foal in the Maasai Mara

Posted by Wild4 African Photographic Safaris on Saturday, September 14, 2019

According to Live Science arguments, zebra stripes help keep them cool in the African sun. Another theory is the stripes help hide the zebras from predators.

Distressing news about this condition he may not survive past six months, as no similar zebras with that condition in African parks have. The chances are high, although with hopes and faith – there is a chance.

We can only pray and help spread awareness.

Everything in today’s time is changing even the spots on a zebra.

Now we question, do zebras have black and white stripes or white and black stripes?

They say leopards can’t change their spots, yet a zebra can change its stripes!

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