Monday, August 8

Rare Baby Zebra Was Born With Spots Instead Of stripes

The most wonderful things about zebra you most probably know is their black and white stripes body color which leaves us amazing.

But recently baby zebra was spotted in Kenya with an extremely rare polka dot that captures the attention and hearts of many people.

An incredibly rare zebra was born with spots instead of stripes. Wildlife Photographer Frank Liu managed to capture some adorable photos of the baby zebra in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.

Every zebra has unique stripes, just like every human has a unique set of fingerprints but Liu told that it could be the first zebra foal in the Masai Mara area to have this unique coloring.

Genetic mutation is very rare. But in the case of baby zebra, black with white spots are present instead of white with black stripes which make the baby zebra unique in the crowd.

“There are a variety of mutations that can disturb the process of melanin synthesis and in all of those disorders, the melanocytes are believed to be normally distributed, but the melanin they make is abnormal,” Greg Barsh, a geneticist at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, told National Geographic.
This is the first known case of a zebra with a polka dot appearance in the Masai Mara reserve. The polka dot appearance comes from a genetic disorder called pseudo-melanism.

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