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Rare zebra with polka dots spotted in Kenya


By Gabriela Baron

A young zebra with spots instead of stripes was found in Maasai Mara national reserve in Kenya, Africa.

(Photo courtesy of Maasai Mara National Reserve)

Dotty foal found in a national reserve in Kenya, Africa (Photo courtesy of Maasai Mara National Reserve / MANILA BULLETIN)

It was first sighted by tour guide Antony Tira. He photographed it, posted it online and quickly circulated on social media.

Tira said the zebra was a week old. It also apparently had melanin disorder and appearsd weak.

A zebra suffering from melanism does not have its stripes developing properly.

“At first I thought it was a zebra that had been captured and painted or marked for purposes of migration. I was confused when I first saw it,” said Tira in an interview with the Nation.

The foal has dotted markings on its neck and chest. Its back is black and it has thin white stripes on its legs.

Spotted zebra have also been sighted elsewhere in the previous years. In 1967, a spotted zebra was photographed in Botswana. In 2007, another one was found in Nairobi National Park, Kenya, according to a research done by UCLA Environmental Studies.

However, zebras with such condition do not usually survive for more than six months  after birth.

Tourists immediately flock the Mara reserve upon learning the rare discovery.

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