For some, it is an honor to be the black sheep of the family. It is advantageous to think and behave differently than the rest of the family. But what would occur if the same thing occurred to animals?
Meet Tira. This baby zebra has spots rather than stripes. Because of this baby’s strange pattern, more people are going to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.
The zebra’s stripes are distinctive, like our fingerprints. However, this peculiar coloring of Tira has caught the notice of the Marai Masa. However, the Okavango Delta in Botswana is reportedly home to the same species of unusual pony.
R.L., a researcher at the University of California who studies how zebra stripes changed over time, says that Tira and the other Botswana ponies have a rare genetic defect called pseudocytosis that makes their stripes look random.
Melanocytes are specialized cells that aid in the production of the mammalian pigment melanin. Pigments, whether red, black, brown, or yellow, determine the color of the skin and hair of mammals.
Do you realize that a shaved zebra is all black? He says, though, that Barsh’s melanocytes are not shown well as stripes, even though they have melanocytes.