PICS: Spotted in Kenya! This polka-dotted baby zebra was born without stripes

2019-09-19 14:45 - Marisa Crous
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The Dalmatian of horses! 

Meet Tira, a baby zebra born with a dark coat and spots instead of stripes. Don't believe it? Believe it! According to National Geographic the fowl has a genetic mutation called, pseudomelanism which is a kind of melanism - a development of dark-coloured pigment melanin in the skin or its appendages. 

Spotted (mind the pun) in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve by a photographer Frank Liu, and a few others, when she was just a week old, she stood out among the plains of grazing zebra. 

So cute, we know!

Zebra stripes are unique to each zebra, like fingerprints are to humans. In this case, however, Tira is just pretty damn unique for her look alone! Similar spotted beauties have been snapped in Botswana's Okavango Delta, however, never before in the Masai Mara. 

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Does this finally put to bed the age-old debate of whether a zebra is dark with light stripes or whether a zebra is light with dark stripes?

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