Zebra Day - January 31
International Zebra Day falls on January 31 each year.
What do you know about the zebra other than that she has black and white stripes ?
In honor of Zebra Day, get some interesting facts about her:
The origin of the zebra is the African continent.
The zebra is black with white stripes.
The offspring of a zebra and a donkey is called: a Zebroid. Any hybrid between a zebra and a different type of horse is called a Zebroid. In English, the combination of a zebra and a donkey is called: Zonkie.
Zebras are more responsible for injuries to U.S. zoo workers than any other animal.
If a zebra is attacked, her whole family will come to her defense and attack the wounded zebra in order to drive out the predators.
Ostriches and zebras often live together to protect each other from predators. The ostrich can see better and the zebra can hear or smell danger better.
In 2009 two zebras starved to death in a Palestinian Authority zoo and replaced them with donkeys painted in black and white stripes.
People pay thousands of dollars to hunt zebras and other African wildlife on large farms in Texas.
In the past, they tried to domesticate zebras, but stopped. Zebras are unpredictable and can attack humans.
Each zebra has stripes in a pattern unique to it. Scientists can identify zebras by "scanning" their stripes like a barcode.
Animal experts believe that the pattern of the stripes is intended to confuse and deter flying flies from landing on zebras. The flies are attracted to dark and solid surfaces so they prefer to avoid the stripes of the zebras being deceived.
From birth the legs of the zebra foal are like those of an adult. 20 minutes after birth, the zebra can already use its legs to run and run wild.
The zebra's hind legs are so strong that they can break the predator's jaw with a kick, like a lion for example. They can also run at speeds of almost 40 km / h.
January 31st is also Backwards Day
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