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Painting cowhide like a zebra is a great way to protect the environment

What is cow hair paint like zebra? Why is the way to protect the environment?

According to a recent study published in PLOS ONE, scientists have proposed a strange project: zebra-like cow paint, whose purpose is to protect the environment.

All explanations are based on the hypothesis, the most common of which is that the stripes are responsible for scattering heat, helping zebras to regulate their body temperature in hot African weather. However, this hypothesis has been proved to be incorrect by the experiment.

After the above test, two more theories were considered to be quite relevant regarding this zebra coat. First, the zebra fur is a very special method of camouflage, which will create a visual illusion when they run and make the pursuers feel dizzy.

The second hypothesis involves distracting blood-sucking bugs: the reflected light in the black and white hair area is different, so the insects will have a geolocation noise and they will avoid the fur.

Based on these two theories, scientists in Japan have proposed the idea of ​​painting fur for zebra breeds. Specifically, experts painted a zebra coat for a group of cows, painted black stripes for another group of black cows, and left a group without any repairs. They then observed their fly-chasing behavior (wagging their tails, waving their ears), the number of flies and insects, counting each peanut and recording it.

Results showed that the “zebra” cows had a 50% lower rate of flies attack compared to the black and unpainted groups (the other two groups had no difference). In addition, the number of times they have to perform “chasing flies” of the zebra group is also less than 20%, because they are no longer bothered by bugs.

But what does that have to do with protecting the environment? It turned out to be completely related. The research team believes that this result can experiment on a large scale since current methods of killing flies when using cattle are mainly pesticides.

Zebra paint for cows is not only cheaper but also less toxic, makes them healthier and does not pollute the environment. This is a great alternative for pesticides, improving the quality of life for cows and non-toxic to humans. On top of that, it also eliminates the resistance of pests to insects.

Why do people never ride zebra

Almost in every documentary or film, storybook, we only see humans riding colorful horses that are never zebra. Zebra is a species of horse that lives in the wild, belonging to the genus Hippotigris, their connection point is black stripes interspersed with white stripes. Zebras often live in colonies in the vast prairies of remote Africa.

Going back to the question, why don’t we ever see a zebra rider like every other horse? To answer this, we need to understand the habits and behavior of this black-and-white zebra animal.

In the evolutionary history of mankind, it would be missing without mentioning the animals we domesticated. It could be cows, goats, sheep, and of course cats and dogs.

With animals that have tamed a lot of animals to serve as their needs to eat, keep warm … the common characteristics of these species are, easy to reproduce, have nutritional value or great use and almost not predators like tigers, leopards, …

With the above criteria, zebras meet almost when they are herbivores and also provide nutritional value and great use. But the most important point is that in terms of ease of reproduction, this species is not available.

They were originally wild animals with very high instincts, ferocious and hard-tempered. In fact, people have tried to tame zebras, but they are often difficult to tell, or attack other species, sometimes biting people without releasing them. So in the end, we are forced to release them to nature and abandon the intention of domesticating this creature.

In addition to the above dangerous characteristics, there is one more point that makes this species difficult to purely because they do not have a hierarchical lifestyle, or it is easy to understand that there is a lack of family structure.

What is family structure? That is the fact that each herd usually has a male head, followed by 6-7 females and then their offspring. Any child knows his position well, so if he can tame a male head, it is considered that we have a whole bunch of new horses.