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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

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.

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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Night Owl
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautiful. I hope it has a long and healthy life

Jon S.
Community Member
2 years ago

(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.

Dr.Scott
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

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
Community Member
2 years ago

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

BoredPanda Staff
2 years ago

I wish!

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Miss Cris
Community Member
2 years ago

Awww... cutissima! Thank you!

A Jones
Community Member
2 years ago

Really cool pattern. At first I thought that madam Zebra had made friends with a certain Okapi until I read the article.

debrina blackmoon
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

no, because an okapi is a giraffe relative-i had to Google about that...didn't say it could breed with a zebra

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Meeow
Community Member
2 years ago

The spotted looks like those beautiful African tribe makeup, so cute!!

Cactuar Jon
Community Member
2 years ago

That zebra mum's got a lot of explaining to do to the dad lol Kinda looks half baby Tapir :O

debrina blackmoon
Community Member
2 years ago

well they are related to horses but also rhinos

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KitKati
Community Member
2 years ago

It's a Morse's zebra- dot, dot, dash, dot, dot.

Living_Shadow
Community Member
2 years ago

It's gorgeous, but it stands out, making it an easy target for predators :(

CookieNeerrrrd
Community Member
2 years ago

Im in school, really bored, and this is really beautiful and made my day! Thanks!!!

Hope Cady
Community Member
2 years ago

oml, this animal is the most adorable thing I've ever seen, and if anything happens to it I will cry

PjandBolt
Community Member
2 years ago

So zebras ARE black with white markings...

Reilly Beryll
Community Member
2 years ago

A precious baby!

ravina nimje
Community Member
2 years ago

Hope he stays safe from predators and Humans

Autumn Walton
Community Member
2 years ago

catch it and take it to a place where it can't be hunted pls!! it's too beautiful and cute to die!!

Missy Barton
Community Member
2 years ago

It's a shiny!

TC
Community Member
2 years ago

I see a crazy safari tourist hunter coming around soon... The zebra should be kept away and, who knows, perhaps we could breed a newsubspecies.

Pug Pug
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Maury Povich - "you are not the father!!!!" .... Daddy Zebra - "I knew it, how could you!?" ... Mommy Zebra - "I'm so sorry, it was one time with Chester" ... Chester Cheetah - "It ain't easy bein' cheaty"

D. Pitbull
Community Member
2 years ago

New comment as I have a question for any other biologists and/or science types out there. A Professor (so no, not a highschool or elementary school teacher... post-secondary education) recounted a story once wherein he had been out on some research trip and was wearing night vision goggles so he could observe some of the wildlife. He swore he was essentially alone with maybe on or two animals far-ish off in the distance, but then he felt something BUMP him... and it freaked him out so he (I can't remember the order) took pictures around himself - just in case he could catch the bumper - and then took off the goggles... and he found himself SURROUNDED by Zebras. He claimed something about the alternating pattern of their hides made them essentially 'invisible' to night vision??? (no, it was also not April 1 when he told us this)

Dr.Scott
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

I would say he just wasn’t paying attention. Zebras wouldn’t be invisible to NV anymore than a giraffe or lion. It would make more sense if their stripes were for camouflage (ex to hide from nocturnal predators), but they aren’t. Anyone else feel free to chime in as zebra aren’t in my area of expertise (mine is cervids), but I just don’t see any credence in the claim.

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D. Pitbull
Community Member
2 years ago

I would be interested to know what exactly it is that causes the shortened lifespan (other than something than predation)? What link does the hyper pigmentation have to the biological health of the animal?

Dr.Scott
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

As I said in my first comment to you, zebra stripes do more for propelling biting bugs than camouflage, so one theory could be they are less likely to repel bugs that carry equine influenza. Another theory would be they are more of a target for predators. Like I said, I’m a deer biologist primarily, so I don’t know that for sure. I have observed melanistic whitetail in the Edwards Plateau Eco Region and at least in their case, there is no higher mortality rate. Actually, in the EPER I mentioned before the abnormal production of melanin can be seen as an advantage as it hides them better from predators. Anyway, there is no physical difference between mammals with or without this mutation. So in my opinion, it just boils down to disadvantages in the forms I mentioned.

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Daisy Cartwright
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm so happy that it looks like the mother's accepted them!

MiniMagz
Community Member
2 years ago

It's Kevin Hart's Deerbra!!!

SirPatTheCat
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

I wonder why that happened? It looks a lot like drawings of the horses’ ancestors, I wonder if that has something to do with it?

boredpanDaman
Community Member
2 years ago

i hope it doesnt get bullied by other baby zebras, for being "different"...

TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
2 years ago

That’s the real cause of its short lifespan

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Natalie Fisher
Community Member
2 years ago

When I worked on a farm I was amazed that Holstein cow when shaved for c-section have white skin under black hair and black skin under white hair. I think the zebra could be the same. So where the baby zebra had white spots is black skin. So the fur is a white strip on black fur but the skin color is the opposite. Very confusing

Pete Hagen
Community Member
2 years ago

And just who was the father, a leopard?

Deborah Akerson
Community Member
2 years ago

Awesome lil foal.....I hope no harm comes to him and grows to adulthood and makes more babies like him! Beautiful animal!

Paula D Pozo
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like the Zebra mated with that other Antelope/Deer like creatcher with long horns.

Wrathwynd Wraithborne
Community Member
2 years ago

Call him Morse code.

Wrathwynd Wraithborne
Community Member
2 years ago

Name him Morse code ...

Inservio Letum
Community Member
2 years ago

I know I've seen that pattern before, but I can't for the life of me remember in what species. A deer perhaps?

Spif Hercules
Community Member
2 years ago

Her name is DEBRA

Naima Ivansdóttir
Community Member
2 years ago

i'm italian, one of our all-time most popular female singers (Mina) hit the charts back in the '60s with what would soon be proving into an evergreen smash hit, "una zebra a pois" (polka-dot zebra). so the news of this spotted baby zebra was no big deal in italy ;D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6njmjJhCXdo

Niels Veldhoven
Community Member
2 years ago

It just upgraded from Code39 to 2D barcode..

Jacob Johnston
Community Member
2 years ago

Zebras are technically black with white stripes, because their skin is black in color.

Trish Voelkel
Community Member
2 years ago

(sorry if this is a dupe but can't find my original). His markings remind me a little of the Chital. I wonder is this is a case of inter-species matings? (rather than a reverse albinoism as someone suggested) I tried to post a picture but it wouldn't let me.

Dr.Scott
Community Member
2 years ago

No. It’s from abnormal production of melanin. Changes in the coat color of mammals are (at least believed to be) mutations in the melanicortin 1 receptor gene. The mutated gene that causes melanism is recessive, just like the albinism. So technically it isn’t even “reverse albinism.”

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Trish Voelkel
Community Member
2 years ago

There is an African animal called the Chital that looks surprisingly like this baby zebra (except for the stripes on the leg) Could this have been an inter-species match up? chital-5d8...b460b3.jpg chital-5d86999b460b3.jpg

Caroline Driver
Community Member
2 years ago

Let's hope they protect it, from hunters or predators. Then perhaps we can see if it's heritable

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

Very sweet, I do hope it lives to adult hood,as they said it may not !!!

Mark CM
Community Member
2 years ago

Leopards can't change their spots but zebras can change their stripes ... apparently.

Farnaz Khoshbakht
Community Member
2 years ago

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persian_onager

Carol Roeder
Community Member
2 years ago

So beautiful. Thank you so much for taking those wonderful pictures and sharing them with us!

Tiffiny Seemann
Community Member
2 years ago

This solves everything. Zebras are black with white stripes. Or in this case... spots.

Derek Honeyman
Community Member
2 years ago

If I was the father, I'd be asking questions....

Chihuahua Schombel
Community Member
2 years ago

Stripes are so 2018, spots are up to date! 😄

Shane Chang
Community Member
2 years ago

When are they going on Maury? giphy-1.gif giphy-1.gif

Robert Sumner
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

I'm thinking the babe has cervid genes. Look at its eyes in bottom photo -- such a deer!

Carlos Adalberto Tonelle
Community Member
2 years ago

well.. that answer my question! They're browns with white stripes, not the other way around

Radek Suski
Community Member
2 years ago

I guess its parents didn't mated in front of the branches 😂

Laura Elizabeth
Community Member
2 years ago

I hope it is protected for a hole trophy hunters whose eggplants arent big enough to satisfy them or anyone else. Let this sweetie live.

Lieutenant BaconWaffles
Community Member
2 years ago

A new Zebroid species is born. There's an extinct species of Zebra called the Quagga that also looked very different.

Full Name
Community Member
2 years ago

Uh-oh, looks like Mrs Zebra has some explaining to do...

shaa mpa
Community Member
2 years ago

Cute

Budi Prasetya
Community Member
2 years ago

Bambi!!! What did you do????

clear mind
Community Member
2 years ago

Fuck this zebra.

suryanti utami
Community Member
2 years ago

it's khumba :)

Candice Lewis
Community Member
2 years ago

It's so beautiful

Candice Lewis
Community Member
2 years ago

I guess we finally know that it's black with white stripes (or spots) rather than white with black stripes.

Laura Zaini
Community Member
2 years ago

so cute

Anderson B. da Silva
Community Member
2 years ago

This is the emergence of a new species if Darwin and Lamarck were here to see they would be proud of what nature has just created and are likely to spread the genes to the next generation.

TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
2 years ago

That’s not how any of that works

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R L
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

The Maasai guide who found the foal has named her Tira, after his surname (his first name is Anthony). Realistically you cannot rescue all wild animals that have some sort of genetic mutation or injury, as appealing as it is to help them. Nature will have to take its course here, whatever it may be.

Václav Blumentrit
Community Member
2 years ago

Even white zebra stripes are melting down. Any more proofs of climate change?

Joe Bloe
Community Member
2 years ago

The worst possible thing for this creature is international awareness of its existence. Now its life is in great danger from poachers. God help this innocent, beautiful creature. Save it from us.

Jo Choto
Community Member
2 years ago

This is how evolution happens.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
2 years ago

Maybe the beginning of a new kind of zebra. There used to be one called quagga in South Africa that was hunted to extinction (by European settlers). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quagga

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glowworm2
Community Member
2 years ago

That is a really pretty little zebra.I hope he lives long enough for us to see what he looks like when he's all grown up. I bet he'd be gorgeous!

Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
2 years ago

Please make sure this precious baby is safe and looked after!

Thembisa Shushu
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh poor Khumba

YsaPur
Community Member
2 years ago

Ma must have had it off with an okapi

Brodie
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah I was thinking... that baby ain’t gonna last long

Václav Blumentrit
Community Member
2 years ago

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Even white zebra stripe are melting down. Any more proofs of climate change?

MysticSailora
Community Member
2 years ago

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donna be speakin the truth

Asi Bassey
Community Member
2 years ago

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I have just one question, "who's your daddy?"

Night Owl
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautiful. I hope it has a long and healthy life

Jon S.
Community Member
2 years ago

(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.

Dr.Scott
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

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
Community Member
2 years ago

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

BoredPanda Staff
2 years ago

I wish!

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Miss Cris
Community Member
2 years ago

Awww... cutissima! Thank you!

A Jones
Community Member
2 years ago

Really cool pattern. At first I thought that madam Zebra had made friends with a certain Okapi until I read the article.

debrina blackmoon
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

no, because an okapi is a giraffe relative-i had to Google about that...didn't say it could breed with a zebra

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Meeow
Community Member
2 years ago

The spotted looks like those beautiful African tribe makeup, so cute!!

Cactuar Jon
Community Member
2 years ago

That zebra mum's got a lot of explaining to do to the dad lol Kinda looks half baby Tapir :O

debrina blackmoon
Community Member
2 years ago

well they are related to horses but also rhinos

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KitKati
Community Member
2 years ago

It's a Morse's zebra- dot, dot, dash, dot, dot.

Living_Shadow
Community Member
2 years ago

It's gorgeous, but it stands out, making it an easy target for predators :(

CookieNeerrrrd
Community Member
2 years ago

Im in school, really bored, and this is really beautiful and made my day! Thanks!!!

Hope Cady
Community Member
2 years ago

oml, this animal is the most adorable thing I've ever seen, and if anything happens to it I will cry

PjandBolt
Community Member
2 years ago

So zebras ARE black with white markings...

Reilly Beryll
Community Member
2 years ago

A precious baby!

ravina nimje
Community Member
2 years ago

Hope he stays safe from predators and Humans

Autumn Walton
Community Member
2 years ago

catch it and take it to a place where it can't be hunted pls!! it's too beautiful and cute to die!!

Missy Barton
Community Member
2 years ago

It's a shiny!

TC
Community Member
2 years ago

I see a crazy safari tourist hunter coming around soon... The zebra should be kept away and, who knows, perhaps we could breed a newsubspecies.

Pug Pug
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Maury Povich - "you are not the father!!!!" .... Daddy Zebra - "I knew it, how could you!?" ... Mommy Zebra - "I'm so sorry, it was one time with Chester" ... Chester Cheetah - "It ain't easy bein' cheaty"

D. Pitbull
Community Member
2 years ago

New comment as I have a question for any other biologists and/or science types out there. A Professor (so no, not a highschool or elementary school teacher... post-secondary education) recounted a story once wherein he had been out on some research trip and was wearing night vision goggles so he could observe some of the wildlife. He swore he was essentially alone with maybe on or two animals far-ish off in the distance, but then he felt something BUMP him... and it freaked him out so he (I can't remember the order) took pictures around himself - just in case he could catch the bumper - and then took off the goggles... and he found himself SURROUNDED by Zebras. He claimed something about the alternating pattern of their hides made them essentially 'invisible' to night vision??? (no, it was also not April 1 when he told us this)

Dr.Scott
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

I would say he just wasn’t paying attention. Zebras wouldn’t be invisible to NV anymore than a giraffe or lion. It would make more sense if their stripes were for camouflage (ex to hide from nocturnal predators), but they aren’t. Anyone else feel free to chime in as zebra aren’t in my area of expertise (mine is cervids), but I just don’t see any credence in the claim.

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D. Pitbull
Community Member
2 years ago

I would be interested to know what exactly it is that causes the shortened lifespan (other than something than predation)? What link does the hyper pigmentation have to the biological health of the animal?

Dr.Scott
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

As I said in my first comment to you, zebra stripes do more for propelling biting bugs than camouflage, so one theory could be they are less likely to repel bugs that carry equine influenza. Another theory would be they are more of a target for predators. Like I said, I’m a deer biologist primarily, so I don’t know that for sure. I have observed melanistic whitetail in the Edwards Plateau Eco Region and at least in their case, there is no higher mortality rate. Actually, in the EPER I mentioned before the abnormal production of melanin can be seen as an advantage as it hides them better from predators. Anyway, there is no physical difference between mammals with or without this mutation. So in my opinion, it just boils down to disadvantages in the forms I mentioned.

Load More Replies...
Daisy Cartwright
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm so happy that it looks like the mother's accepted them!

MiniMagz
Community Member
2 years ago

It's Kevin Hart's Deerbra!!!

SirPatTheCat
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

I wonder why that happened? It looks a lot like drawings of the horses’ ancestors, I wonder if that has something to do with it?

boredpanDaman
Community Member
2 years ago

i hope it doesnt get bullied by other baby zebras, for being "different"...

TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
2 years ago

That’s the real cause of its short lifespan

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Natalie Fisher
Community Member
2 years ago

When I worked on a farm I was amazed that Holstein cow when shaved for c-section have white skin under black hair and black skin under white hair. I think the zebra could be the same. So where the baby zebra had white spots is black skin. So the fur is a white strip on black fur but the skin color is the opposite. Very confusing

Pete Hagen
Community Member
2 years ago

And just who was the father, a leopard?

Deborah Akerson
Community Member
2 years ago

Awesome lil foal.....I hope no harm comes to him and grows to adulthood and makes more babies like him! Beautiful animal!

Paula D Pozo
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like the Zebra mated with that other Antelope/Deer like creatcher with long horns.

Wrathwynd Wraithborne
Community Member
2 years ago

Call him Morse code.

Wrathwynd Wraithborne
Community Member
2 years ago

Name him Morse code ...

Inservio Letum
Community Member
2 years ago

I know I've seen that pattern before, but I can't for the life of me remember in what species. A deer perhaps?

Spif Hercules
Community Member
2 years ago

Her name is DEBRA

Naima Ivansdóttir
Community Member
2 years ago

i'm italian, one of our all-time most popular female singers (Mina) hit the charts back in the '60s with what would soon be proving into an evergreen smash hit, "una zebra a pois" (polka-dot zebra). so the news of this spotted baby zebra was no big deal in italy ;D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6njmjJhCXdo

Niels Veldhoven
Community Member
2 years ago

It just upgraded from Code39 to 2D barcode..

Jacob Johnston
Community Member
2 years ago

Zebras are technically black with white stripes, because their skin is black in color.

Trish Voelkel
Community Member
2 years ago

(sorry if this is a dupe but can't find my original). His markings remind me a little of the Chital. I wonder is this is a case of inter-species matings? (rather than a reverse albinoism as someone suggested) I tried to post a picture but it wouldn't let me.

Dr.Scott
Community Member
2 years ago

No. It’s from abnormal production of melanin. Changes in the coat color of mammals are (at least believed to be) mutations in the melanicortin 1 receptor gene. The mutated gene that causes melanism is recessive, just like the albinism. So technically it isn’t even “reverse albinism.”

Load More Replies...
Trish Voelkel
Community Member
2 years ago

There is an African animal called the Chital that looks surprisingly like this baby zebra (except for the stripes on the leg) Could this have been an inter-species match up? chital-5d8...b460b3.jpg chital-5d86999b460b3.jpg

Caroline Driver
Community Member
2 years ago

Let's hope they protect it, from hunters or predators. Then perhaps we can see if it's heritable

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

Very sweet, I do hope it lives to adult hood,as they said it may not !!!

Mark CM
Community Member
2 years ago

Leopards can't change their spots but zebras can change their stripes ... apparently.

Farnaz Khoshbakht
Community Member
2 years ago

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persian_onager

Carol Roeder
Community Member
2 years ago

So beautiful. Thank you so much for taking those wonderful pictures and sharing them with us!

Tiffiny Seemann
Community Member
2 years ago

This solves everything. Zebras are black with white stripes. Or in this case... spots.

Derek Honeyman
Community Member
2 years ago

If I was the father, I'd be asking questions....

Chihuahua Schombel
Community Member
2 years ago

Stripes are so 2018, spots are up to date! 😄

Shane Chang
Community Member
2 years ago

When are they going on Maury? giphy-1.gif giphy-1.gif

Robert Sumner
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

I'm thinking the babe has cervid genes. Look at its eyes in bottom photo -- such a deer!

Carlos Adalberto Tonelle
Community Member
2 years ago

well.. that answer my question! They're browns with white stripes, not the other way around

Radek Suski
Community Member
2 years ago

I guess its parents didn't mated in front of the branches 😂

Laura Elizabeth
Community Member
2 years ago

I hope it is protected for a hole trophy hunters whose eggplants arent big enough to satisfy them or anyone else. Let this sweetie live.

Lieutenant BaconWaffles
Community Member
2 years ago

A new Zebroid species is born. There's an extinct species of Zebra called the Quagga that also looked very different.

Full Name
Community Member
2 years ago

Uh-oh, looks like Mrs Zebra has some explaining to do...

shaa mpa
Community Member
2 years ago

Cute

Budi Prasetya
Community Member
2 years ago

Bambi!!! What did you do????

clear mind
Community Member
2 years ago

Fuck this zebra.

suryanti utami
Community Member
2 years ago

it's khumba :)

Candice Lewis
Community Member
2 years ago

It's so beautiful

Candice Lewis
Community Member
2 years ago

I guess we finally know that it's black with white stripes (or spots) rather than white with black stripes.

Laura Zaini
Community Member
2 years ago

so cute

Anderson B. da Silva
Community Member
2 years ago

This is the emergence of a new species if Darwin and Lamarck were here to see they would be proud of what nature has just created and are likely to spread the genes to the next generation.

TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
2 years ago

That’s not how any of that works

Load More Replies...
R L
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

The Maasai guide who found the foal has named her Tira, after his surname (his first name is Anthony). Realistically you cannot rescue all wild animals that have some sort of genetic mutation or injury, as appealing as it is to help them. Nature will have to take its course here, whatever it may be.

Václav Blumentrit
Community Member
2 years ago

Even white zebra stripes are melting down. Any more proofs of climate change?

Joe Bloe
Community Member
2 years ago

The worst possible thing for this creature is international awareness of its existence. Now its life is in great danger from poachers. God help this innocent, beautiful creature. Save it from us.

Jo Choto
Community Member
2 years ago

This is how evolution happens.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
2 years ago

Maybe the beginning of a new kind of zebra. There used to be one called quagga in South Africa that was hunted to extinction (by European settlers). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quagga

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glowworm2
Community Member
2 years ago

That is a really pretty little zebra.I hope he lives long enough for us to see what he looks like when he's all grown up. I bet he'd be gorgeous!

Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
2 years ago

Please make sure this precious baby is safe and looked after!

Thembisa Shushu
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh poor Khumba

YsaPur
Community Member
2 years ago

Ma must have had it off with an okapi

Brodie
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2 years ago

Yeah I was thinking... that baby ain’t gonna last long

Václav Blumentrit
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2 years ago

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Even white zebra stripe are melting down. Any more proofs of climate change?

MysticSailora
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2 years ago

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donna be speakin the truth

Asi Bassey
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2 years ago

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I have just one question, "who's your daddy?"

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