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18:00  17 september  2019
18:00  17 september  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Newborn foal with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya . A newborn zebra foal with unusual polka dot markings has been photographed in Kenya - the first of its kind to be seen in the Maasai A melanistic zebra is one whose stripes haven't developed properly, the Star reported, and instead

The dotted zebra foul which has been spotted in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve causing A few years ago at the Serengeti a zebra with blonde, rather than black stripes , was spotted and Until now, very few blonde zebras have been seen in the wild, although there are a few dozen living on a

Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya © Getty Where are your stripes, little foal? A typical striped zebra (file photo) A newborn zebra foal with unusual polka dot markings has been photographed in Kenya - the first of its kind to be seen in the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Antony Tira, a tour guide and photographer at Matira Bush Camp, spotted the black dotted foal while observing the park's game reserve near the Mara River.

He told the Daily Nation he initially thought the newborn zebra had been captured and marked 'for the purposes of migration'.

Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Antony Tira, a tour guide and photographer at Matira Bush Camp, spotted the black dotted foal (pictured) while observing the game reserve near the Mara River in Kenya

But, on closer inspection, the photographer realised the young foal - which remained close to its mother - had a melanin disorder.

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Most unusually though, the animal’s colouring is brown, with white dotted markings . There’s not a stripe in sight! Although highly unusual this is not an isolated case. In 2012 wildlife photographer Paul Goldstein photographed a zebra with some elongated spots on its back, also in Kenya .

Zebras (/ˈziːbrə/ ZEE-brə, /ˈzɛbrə/ ZEB-rə) are several species of African equids (horse family) united by their distinctive black-and-white striped coats.

'At first I thought it was a zebra that had been captured and painted or marked for purposes of migration. I was confused when I first saw it', he said.

Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited But, on closer inspection, Mr Tira realised the young foal - which remained close to its mother - had a melanin disorder Melanism - the opposite of albinism - is caused by a build-up of dark pigmented melanin in the skin.

Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The photographer said he initially thought the newborn zebra had been captured and marked 'for the purposes of migration'

A melanistic zebra is one whose stripes haven't developed properly, the Star reported, and instead has a pattern of small stripes and spots across its skin.

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Photographs of the rare foal captured the newborn's dotted markings across its neck and chest. The zebra also has an entirely black back and thin white stripes on its legs.

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Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya
Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya

It was reported that a 'stampede' was caused in the Maasai Mara National Reserve by the discovery as tourists and guides rushed to the park to observe the rare zebra.

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Polka dot is a pattern consisting of an array of large filled circles of the same size. Polka dots are commonly seen on children's clothing, toys, furniture, ceramics, and Eastern European folk art but they appear in a wide array of contexts.

I have these placed in different spots around the room so it doesn't get too congested at one spot when we start or end reading workshop. and now you can see my covered boards! The back board will be our magnetic word wall. Posted by Polka Dots Please at 2:33 PM.

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WHAT IS MELANISM?

Melanism - the opposite of albinism - is caused by a build-up of dark pigmented melanin in the skin. The condition is hereditary and is caused by the mutation of genes.

Melanism is found in various different species, including mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

The black jaguar, for example, was once believed to be a separate species, but it was later found to be a melanistic version of a jaguar.

A melanistic zebra is one whose white stripes haven't developed correctly on its skin.

Pseudo-melanism, also called abundism, is a variant of the condition which causes large dark spots or stripes to appear across the skin.

Source: ACMR

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Parmale Lemein, a wildlife specialist at Matira Camp, told the Daily Nation there has never been any recorded case in the Maasai Mara of a zebra with such rare markings.

He said melanistic zebras had, however, been spotted at other parks in Africa - none of which had survived six months.

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Can you spot my stripes? Newborn zebra with rare polka dot markings is seen in Kenya

The photographs were also shared by well-known blogger Mutuma Untamed, who said the 'week old' foal had been named after the photographer who discovered it.

On Facebook, he wrote: 'Did you know, last week a Maasai guide discovered a one of a kind hybrid baby zebra in the Maasai Mara. It is named after his surname - Tira.

'A few years ago there was a similar case, however that zebra still maintained the stripes and brush-like tail.

'Rare Tira, however has patterns that appear as polka dots.'

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