Sunday, February 27, 2011

Because zebras are mean!

So as a follow-up post from my last post, I found this "Ask Marilyn," by Marilyn vos Savant, in today's Parade Magazine in the Sunday paper.

Why haven't zebras been domesticated for use as pack or draft animals, or for riding?

Because zebras are mean! They're almost impossible to tame, which means they would be even harder to domesticate -- a genetic modification that takes place over many generations. So, as zebras offer no advantages over horses, there's little reason to even try.

Readers may be surprised to learn that zebras are among the most dangerous animals in our zoos and wildlife parks. Their bite is vicious, and they aim to kill.