One Zebra or two?

a picture of something

In theory, zebras use their stripes in combination with their herding and flight behavior to confuse predators. The confusion probably makes it harder for the predator (e.g., a lion) to be able to avoid a damaging kick because the stripes make it difficult to tell where one zebra starts and the other ends.

Here is a dramatization of how this might work. Or not.

And then there’s this:

I couldn’t watch it to the end. How do things turn out?


  1. #1 Benjamin Franz
    June 19, 2010


    Sorry. Couldn’t resist.

  2. #2 Benj.
    June 19, 2010

    Four guys in two zebra suits.

  3. #3 Raven
    June 19, 2010

    One white horse, one black horse, and some joker replaced the camera lens with a rough-cut Fresnel lens…..

  4. #4 Joshua Zelinsky
    June 19, 2010

    In the first video is the zebra trying to drown the lion? I can’t tell if they are just fighting in the water or whether that’s a deliberate attempt to get the lioness underwater.

  5. #5 Dave
    June 20, 2010

    How fast does a zebra have to run before it looks gray?

  6. #6 Stephanie Z
    June 20, 2010

    You’ll probably never see gray (please don’t play with that if you have a seizure disorder).