Monday, June 25, 2012

Seen at the San Diego Zoo

We walked around the San Diego Zoo recently.  The Zoo is one of my favorite places to walk (except on super-busy days when we have to share the park with people who think they should be able to smoke anywhere and rude 12 year old children who don't know the difference between a warthog and a hippo.... but I digress...).

I've always thought zebras were pretty interesting.  They are kind of like an optical illusion in nature.

A few zebra facts I learned from the Zoo:

  • Each zebra has its unique stripe pattern—like human fingerprints.
  • Zebras take dust or mud baths to get clean. They shake the dirt off to get rid of loose hair and flaky skin. What's left protects them from sun, wind, and insects.
  • Zebras have their own “smile”—a bared-teeth grimace that is a greeting and helps prevent aggression.
  • Zebras are attracted to black-and-white stripes. Even if stripes are painted on a wall, a zebra will tend to go stand next to it!
  • A zebra's eyesight at night is thought to be about as good as that of a cat or an owl.

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