A group of eight tourists from Minnesota went on safari to the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. On the last day of their game drive, they drove past a herd of zebras. They spotted one animal lying on the ground with her legs up. That zebra looked odd: it was moving, but her movements were stiff. It looked like she couldn’t get up. The tourists stopped, trying to figure out what was going on. Good thing they did. The miracle they got to witness is beautiful beyond words. Please, SHARE.
What an unforgettable experience! The whole process from zebra’s water breaking to the point, when the baby was more or less stable on his feet, took no longer than an hour and 20 minutes.
Zebras are very loving and caring mothers. They stay slightly away from the herd for the first couple of days after giving birth to let the foal get used to their smell. Then, foals start to recognize their mothers by the pattern of their stripes, as well as by scent and call. Zebra are highly social, and they care deeply about every member of the herd. They will only go to sleep if they are close to neighbors, so that they can be warned if a predator approaches. They also prefer to graze together and enjoy grooming each other. When one of a group member is wounded by a predator, other zebras circle the injured one and defend him by kicking and biting the attacker. Zebras communicate with each other through various vocal expressions, but also through the position of their ears and tail. They can turn their ears in almost any direction. Ears pulled backwards mean the zebra is angry, ears standing erect mean she/he is feeling calm and friendly.
Zebras are quit fast, they can reach speeds of up to 65 km/h. They also run in zigzags, which wears out predators such as lions. Zebras’ camouflage helps them disorient colorblind feline predators, as well as horseflies and other blood-suckers.