Recently we were in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, driving along the dry Nossob riverbed and scanning it for likely predators. We’d seen two lionesses on the Mata Mata road, magnificently indifferent to us. And earlier, we’d spotted a cheetah mother and her half-grown cubs, practically waddling about after gorging themselves on some unseen carcass.
Up until February 2012, people were pretty vague about why zebras have stripes. A fair thing to fret at, though. I mean, why would a giraffe have splotches, why would a cheetah and leopard (and baby lions) have spots, and why would a sable have a solid coat?
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