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This Baby Zebra Was Born With Spots Instead Of Stripes
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This Baby Zebra Was Born With Spots Instead Of Stripes

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Call the doctor, we’re in love. What’s more awesome than a horse? A zebra. And what’s cuter than a zebra? A baby zebra. Do you know what’s even cuter? A baby zebra with spots instead of stripes!

A rare polka dot baby zebra was spotted (pun intended) in Kenya, and the internet is going wild. The animal has already captured many a heart (ours included), and photos of the adorable creature have gone viral. What’s more, we might finally put to bed the age-old question of whether zebras are white with black stripes or black with white stripes.

Photographers captured pictures of an adorable polka dot zebra in Kenya

Image credits: Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association

Image credits: catersnews

Image credits: catersnews

The unusual zebra was seen in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, where photographers Rahul Sachdev and Antony Tira, who is also a tour guide, snapped some photos of it. 

Parmale Lemein, a wildlife specialist from the Matira Bush Camp, told the Daily Nation that this was the first such case of a polka dot zebra at the Mara Reserve. It’s most likely that the baby zebra has melanism, which is the opposite of albinism. However, he had some sad news: no similar zebras have survived past six months with such a condition in African parks.

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Pictures of the baby zebra went viral online

Image credits: catersnews

Image credits: catersnews

Image credits: catersnews

According to some scientists, zebra stripes form when there’s an inhibition in melanin production, meaning that the animal is most likely black with white stripes and not the opposite.

But zebra stripes aren’t just for show. Live Science argues that they help the animals stay cool in the African heat. There are also theories that stripes help zebras hide from potential predators, and also help them avoid getting bitten by flies that are known to transmit diseases.

You can see the video of the beautiful baby zebra here

Image credits: Caters Clips

Dear Pandas, what do you think of the polka dot zebra? Do you think that zebras are white with black stripes or black with white stripes like some scientists argue? Let us know in the comments below.

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Jon S.
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

(Going to tell this story again, like I did on the last picture of zebras). Once in Iran a man asked me if I had seen Iran's famous white Zebras - pure white Zebras without the stripes. I said I never heard of them would love to see them....He took me to see some white donkeys.

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4 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

During grad school I was studying elk herds in the Rockies and we would go out before daylight to place cameras. For the ones we set higher in the trees, we would use climbing treestands. One morning I was hiking into a place carrying my camera and stand and kept hearing something following me. Where I was you're thinking mountain lion so I had already accepted my fate. The weird thing was, every time I stopped, the thing following me would stop (every 50 yards or so I would stop). I made it to the tree I was to climb to mount a camera and take my treestand off my back. Turns out the 30 ft pull up rope I had attached to my stand had come undone and was dragging behind me.

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Desiré Yen
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Awww can't scientist's come up with a miracle cure to extend its life 🤔❤️

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Jon S.
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

(Going to tell this story again, like I did on the last picture of zebras). Once in Iran a man asked me if I had seen Iran's famous white Zebras - pure white Zebras without the stripes. I said I never heard of them would love to see them....He took me to see some white donkeys.

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Dr.Scott
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4 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

During grad school I was studying elk herds in the Rockies and we would go out before daylight to place cameras. For the ones we set higher in the trees, we would use climbing treestands. One morning I was hiking into a place carrying my camera and stand and kept hearing something following me. Where I was you're thinking mountain lion so I had already accepted my fate. The weird thing was, every time I stopped, the thing following me would stop (every 50 yards or so I would stop). I made it to the tree I was to climb to mount a camera and take my treestand off my back. Turns out the 30 ft pull up rope I had attached to my stand had come undone and was dragging behind me.

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Desiré Yen
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Awww can't scientist's come up with a miracle cure to extend its life 🤔❤️

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