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Zany Zebras

One of the things I love most about zebras is that they have an attitude.

From their over-the-top pelt design to their punk manes, zebras don't look like the type of animal you want to mess with. Both Africans and Colonists tried taming these animals but, other than a handful of times, it was a big failure! Throughout the years, articles have been written bemoaning that the zebra's unpredictable nature and tendency to attack people precludes them from being of any domestic use.

And I find myself cheering for these unpredictable beasts. How wonderful that they've made themselves unattractive for exploitation! For that's what we (mankind) tend to do, don't you think? With us there seems to be little give-and-take and way too much take-take-take. I'm not talking about the factions that support nature and her bounties but, rather, the majority who want to know what nature can give them.

It reminds me of a quote from John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address (January 20, 1961): 'Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.' I think it's appropriate today to reiterate that sentiment with one change: Ask not what nature can do for you - ask what you can do for nature.

It's time for us to start giving back. And in the meantime, Go Zebras!

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Ask not what nature can do for you - 

ask what you can do for nature.


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Reader Comments (4)

What a nice sentiment and take away about Zebras. I just read an article from the 60's about a few that were pestering a farm in Illinois. The owner though they had been left behind by a carnival. No idea how they got there, but the newspaper certainly did capture the photos of these beautiful creatures!

May 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Silver

Zebras in Illinois?? That sounds unreal. They truly are amazing creatures...and even though they're abundant in Africa, I never grew tired of seeing them. I love their attitudes (though don't quite appreciate the same attitude in my teenage children though!)

May 1, 2012 | Registered CommenterDr. Rhia

Great last post for the challenge! I never realized zebras were so hard to tame. Chris Rock played the voice of the zebra in the kids' move Madagascar. Seems very fitting! Congratulations on completing the challenge!

May 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpammustard

Thank you Pam. I t loved your comment about Chris true.

May 3, 2012 | Registered CommenterDr. Rhia

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