Have you ever wondered why zebras have stripes? It’s a question that is as old as the one about the chicken and the egg.
There are other theories why zebras have stripes. Some have theorized that the pattern helped to protect these animals from predators such as lions. Others suggest that the pattern helps distort the perception of a predator of the zebra’s speed.
According to one research study, the distinctive vertical black-and-white pattern of zebras may have evolved to confuse biting insects.
In the said research study, the study showed that the narrow width of the zebras’ stripes make them less appetizing to biting flies.
Still some questions remain. This research study may be just one piece of the answer to this timeless question.