Fast Facts: Zebra (Part 4)

Welcome to Fast Facts with Reasons for Hope!

I’m Carl Kerby.

Did you know that a zebra herd is called a “dazzle?”  The word makes sense since they zigzag in an optical illusion before your eyes with all those stripes.  

Trust me – they know the power of staying together. When a zebra is hurt, the herd surrounds them. When under attack, they will circle up – kicking, biting, and fighting back together. Even as they grow, yearling males form bachelor herds knowing there is safety in numbers. 

These social creatures are also great communicators. They use facial expressions of wide-open eyes, bared teeth, and flattened ears as a warning, or they grimace and snort to welcome each other. They also bark, bray, and huff to get their point across.

Zebras have each other’s back – literally scratching the one spot on their friend’s back that can’t be reached until they groom each other in the herd.

Check back with our next Fast Facts with Reasons for Hope to learn more. 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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