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Black On White or White On Black?

June Six Word Photo Story Challenge: “Black & White — Freestyle”

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Zebras grazing peacefully in striped unity

I love zebras. During my childhood, I read many stories about how zebras came to be, along with lots of fun facts about them.

Zebras are African mammals recognized by their striking black and white stripes which confuse the shit out of horseflies, deterring them from biting the zebra. The stripes are also a natural sunscreen.

Africa is home to three species of zebra: the plains zebra, Grevy’s zebra, and mountain zebra. They are closely related to horses and donkeys. They are herbivores, like me. Super stealthy, they are big foodies who don't mind traveling long distances for food. They are gregarious. Like humans, the herds, also called “dazzles” or “zeals” have dominant males, several mares, and foals. Young male foals hang out at bachelor herds until they can woo a mare.

For all their amiability, zebras can be pretty aggressive. Zebras communicate via facial expressions, besides barking, braying and snorting or huffing to make a point. If you meet one with its ears flattened back, remember it means trouble.

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Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles
Six Word Photo Story Challenge

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