On a recent trip to Tanzania, as we were driving along getting our daily African safari massage from the overly saturated muddy and bumpy road, one of my guests looked over and said, “Awwww, look, another zebra bit the dust. Wonder what’s going on?”
Everyone in the vehicle turns around and sees the poor zebra, stiff as a board, on his back. He’s only a short distance from the car and the other zebras seems to take it in stride and walk away. Of course there’s nothing we can do, but be sad for the poor zebra.
Did You Know?
So to take their mind off of the ‘unfortunate’ incident, the driver and I start the ‘did you know’ game. We shared interesting facts about zebras our guests might not have known. After all, these were first-timers to Africa, first time to see animals in the bush, and so most would not have known these interesting facts.
- Did you know that zebra stripes are like fingerprints, each zebra has a different pattern and no two are alike.
- Did you know that a group of zebra is referred to as a dazzle of zebras – stripes help confuse the predators by their dazzle of motion when several zebras stand together.
- Did you know that baby zebras are born brown?
- Did you know that the zebras are white, and have developed the black stripes?
- Did you know that there are several different species of Zebra?
- Did you know that zebra have never been domesticated because their backs just aren’t strong enough?
- Did you know that zebras sound like small barking dogs.
Just as we finish the “did you know” game, the ‘stiff’ (thought to be dead zebra) begins to move wriggle those legs and turn the rest of the body. No, the zebra didn’t really bite the dust. What the zebra was doing was taking a “dust bath” by scratching himself in the grass and removing flies from the body. As we continued our drive, the guests would see one ‘stiff’ zebra after another, doing the exact same thing. Relieved and surprised, the guests seemed to marvel at them each time we encountered one, and, “look, another one bit the dust” became the mantra for the day.
Let’s have some fun here….how would you caption the picture of the zebra?