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The researchers did find an answer to why zebras have stripes.
The zebra foal has been discovered in Kenya, with a polka-dotted pattern instead of the distinctive black-and-white stripes that usually adorn the coat of the African species is an extremely rare genetic mutation.
Wildlife photographer, Frank, She’s shared photos and videos of the most eye-catching, plains zebra, found in the savannah of the Masai Mara national reserve in southwest Kenya near the Tanzanian border.
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“At first glance, he looked like a completely different species,” Liu told National Geographic, the week-old zebra.
But to top that She’s proud Maasai guide, named Tira, gets its distinctive color from a rare genetic mutation referred to as pseudomelanism, a condition in which the change of the stripe pattern of the animal, the biologist Ren Larison told the outlet.
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Tira was the first zebra to show a different color variation, such as partial albinos were exhibited in a very rare blond or zebra, photographed earlier this year in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.
Tira is a dark, polka-dotted fur coat, it can make it more difficult to ward off biting insects. (Rahul Sachdev/Fit-News)
Similar to foals have been spotted in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, according to Africa Geographic. But Tira was the first to be seen in the Maasai Mara, and the first-ever registered for a zebra to have traded in his stripes for polka dots, which, according to Liu.
Tira is very strange, the fur coat will be living in the savannah wilderness is harder, because predators can easily spot animals with the different color variations of the pack, Larison, told National Geographic.
Africa and stinging insects can pose a further obstacle to a Tira.
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Wildlife experts have said that the zebra is designed with a striking black-and-white stripes to be specifically to deter the insects, which, like landing on striped surfaces, and are not used for the purpose of camouflage.