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If you have ever wondered why zebras have stripes, here is a possible answer.
Posted: Tue 5:45 PM, Oct 08, 2019
Updated: Tue 5:48 PM, Oct 08, 2019
(CNN) – It’s probably not a practical solution, but painting cows to look like zebras would protect them from a lot of fly bites.
Japanese researchers took six cows with dark coats and gave them each black-and-white stripes, black stripes and no stripes.
With each paint job (or lack of one), they counted the number of times the cows reacted to fly bites during a 30-minute period.
When painted black and white, the cows suffered nearly 50% fewer bites, researchers found.