Posted by on Jul 13, 2009 in Interesting Facts | 1 comment

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Sure, to you and I zebras on the great plains blend in like Richard Simmons on CNN. But when their natural predator, the lion, is completely colour-blind it’s the strong striped pattern that creates the camouflage rather than the usual technique of blending in with the surrounding colour palette. A lone zebra’s stripes break up the general shape of the tasty animal and make it harder to spot. In a herd, zebras cuddle-up close and the stripes blend together making it hard to see where one zebra ends and the next begins. (see technical illustration above)