"Z" is for Zebras (Part 1)
Zebras are native to Africa and they look like they might be black and white striped horses. The stripes are vertical, running up and down their bodies as if they were painted on.
When kids study the English alphabet, the last letter "Z" is usually illustrated by a picture of a zebra. Zebras are cute, with big eyes, long eyelashes and have friendly faces.
Of course, their black and white stripes make them appear extra-special. Off hand, I can't think of any other animals that look like this. Can you ?
So, here are two questions for you:
1) Why do zebras have stripes ?
2) Which color stripe came first, black or white ?
As for question number 1, the answer is that the black and white stripes act as camouflage for the zebras. Many predators that attack and kill them for food are clor blind and see in shades of gray. Zebras then seem to blend in with the tall grass. (V.C)
native to Africa アフリカ原産の
vertical, running up and down 上下に走る縦縞
off hand 即座に
As for question number 1 問い１に関しては
color blind 色盲
see in shades of gray はっきり見えない
blend in with tall grass 背の高い草にとけ込む