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Have you ever wondered why a zebra has stripes? Well, scientists at Bristol University certainly have - and now they think they've found the answer. They say the black and white stripes may be there to stop flies from landing on the creatures. Researchers did an experiment in which they put zebra-patterned coats on to the horses. Fewer horse flies landed on the horses wearing the stripy coats. The researchers now think the stripes dazzle the flies so they can't land properly. Researchers think that zebras may have evolved this way because where they live. In Africa, flies called horse flies carry diseases that may seriously harm zebras so they have developed the stripes to protect themselves. Full story

22 February

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