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Rare zebra with ‘polka dots’ spotted in Kenyan wildlife reserve


21 September 2019  

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KENYA: A zebra with a dark coat and white polka dots has been spotted in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.

According to the New York Post, its the first of its kind for the park.

The Maasai Mara National Reserve also took to their Facebook page to share the picture of the polka dot foal. They wrote, “The dotted zebra foal which has been spotted in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve causing excitement among tourists.”

Antony Tira, a Maasai guide who first spotted the foal, named him Tira.

National Geographic says photographer Frank Liu recently noticed the zebra.
“At first glance, he looked like a different species altogether,” Liu says.

According to National Geographic, Ren Larison, a biologist says zebras like Tira have a condition called pseudomelanism.

 

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Pseudomelanism is a rare genetic mutation in which animals display some sort of abnormality in their stripe pattern, Larison explains.

(Agencies)

Publish Date : 21 September 2019 10:16 AM

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