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Some zoologists have suggested that zebra stripes act as a protective camouflage against predators. According to this theory, their bold markings break up their body outline, making them difficult to see from far away. Another explanation for zebra markings is that in a herd, zebra stripes confuse would-be attackers by making it hard for them to single out an individual animal from a backdrop of constantly shifting stripes. Zebras purposely stand facing different directions for this reason.

The zebra is a fast runner, capable of speeds up to 40 mph, and can kill a leopard with one well-placed kick. If the zebra can get away from a predator in the first 100 yards, it is probably safe from harm (for the time-being)!

I adjusted the contrast on this pic to bring out the boldness of the stripes. Unfortunately, it also made the grass in the background very white. All comments/critiques welcome!

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