Fast Facts: Zebra (Part 2)

Welcome to Fast Facts with Reasons for Hope!

I’m Carl Kerby. We’re looking at the zebra today which is best known for his stripes. The Ancient Romans, who trained zebras to pull chariots, actually called them “hippo tigris”  or “horse tiger.”

Their stripes are definitely a distinctive mark and help them stay alive – literally. Imagine getting ready to attack when there’s a dazzle of zebras running past you with confusing heard camouflage.

But their stripes have other roles too – since zebras actually have a black undercoat, their white stripes help keep them cool. And each zebra’s markings are as unique as our fingerprint, helping them identify each other, even from birth.

Research has found that a zebra’s stripes also help with pest control – they protect it from irritations in the hot savannah heat.  And that’s just one distinguishing mark on this fascinating creature.

Check back with our next Fast Facts with Reasons for Hope and until then … stay bold!

Carl Kerby is the founder of Reasons for Hope and co-creator of the DeBunked apologetic video series. His radio feature, Fast Facts, is heard weekly on VCY America, Saturdays at 9:25 AM Central.

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