A photographer captured a rare baby zebra with spots instead of stripes.
It proved the fact that miracles do happen and our world is full of wonders. The baby zebra was spotted in Kenya, and the rare foal has funky white polka dots.
We are in love with the zebra named Tira and would like to share its special story with you.
Looking like a cross between a horse, a donkey, and a zebra, the mysterious animal was photographed at Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve by photographer Frank Liu. He was out there to spot rhinos and didn’t understand which species the animal belonged to, at first glance.
A local guide first spotted the foal and named him “Tira.”’ He is said to be about a week old. According to the reserve, there are more like him and even though they look like a different species altogether, they are 100% zebras.
The only difference is, these do not have the famous zebra stripes and have dots instead, making them more vulnerable.
These zebras are suffered from a rare condition called pseudomelanism, which is a rare genetic mutation which causes an abnormal striped pattern. Earlier this year, a fully albino zebra was spotted suffering from a genetic mutation as well.
Even though Tira looks so beautiful and grabbed the attention of everyone, his chances of survival are much less than the other zebras around him.
The reason is that the stripes help these animals camouflage and protect themselves in the wild.According to a study, biting flies stay away from striped animals, so usually zebras are safe from them by default.
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