Plains_Zebra_Equus_quaggaIt’s hard to miss the resemblance between zebras and their relatives, the domestic horse. Ancient Romans called zebras “horse-tigers” because of their stripes, and while they have never been fully domesticated, wealthy people in 19th century Europe sometimes used zebras to pull their carriages. Empress Josephine, Empress of France and wife of Napoleon, even kept a zebra in her private zoo, which her children would ride.
Zebras might look like domestic horses, but they are different in many ways. For example, zebras don’t neigh like their relatives—instead, they bray and bark. They are also shorter than most horses and have smaller hooves. But even though zebras and domestic horses are different, both are fast, strong, and beautiful!


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