英会話ブログ その764        Animals, from A to Z

2016/02/24

"Z" is for Zebras (Part 2)

This acts as a kind of cloaking device (hides their presence).  The zebra usually hangs out in herds (large groups) for protection and this, plus the stripes, and the fact that zebras can run very fast, help them to survive when coming under attack by lions, or tigers, or other large wild creatures in the "Big Cat" family.

Now for the answer to the 2nd question, which was, which color stripe came first on the zebras, black or white ?

Well. since all zebras have white bellies when they are born, then according to zoologists (animal biologists), the white stripe came first.  Not many people think about this, but it's fun to ask someone if they know what color stripe came first on a zebra.  Most people, by the way, will answer black.  Why is this ?

Imagine yourself in space, floating around on the ISS (International Space Station) like an angel at zero-G (super-micro gravity).  You are basically weightless, light as air.  Two balls, one black, one white are coming towards you at the sme time but you are only allowed to catch one. Which one would you catch ?                                          (V.C)


英会話表現&英単語
cloaking device                   偽装道具
hang out in herds                 群れで行動する
Now for the answer to 〜     さて〜の答えについては
zoologist                         動物学者
Imagine yourself in space         あなたが宇宙にいると想像してみて下さい
at zero-G                         無重力で
light as air                      空気のように軽い

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