Zebra fetuses start out completely black in the womb. As they mature, they develop the white stripes.
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Because many animals are colorblind, a black and white-striped animal blends in with surroundings better than animals of a solid color. 00:35
One theory why zebras are striped is for herds to blend together, making it hard for a predator to single out just one. 01:39
A herd of zebras is called a "dazzle." 01:50