Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Z is for Zebra
Okay, whatcha gonna do? Z is the coolest letter in the alphabet, but there just aren't that many animals that start with it. Like there's Zona, a Madagascar fish, but other than its first letter, it doesn't have much to recommend it. And there's zalmoxes, an extinct rodent-like creature, but I've already done an extinct rodent-like creature. And there's zanclodon, a dinosaur, which is way cool, except it turns out zanclodon probably isn't even the right name for it.
So it's down to Z is for Zebra.
Though a zebra is an equine, I heard somewhere it shares less DNA in common with a horse than we do with a chimpanzee. I didn't bother to check the fact, though. Really, who cares?
I mean, there's so many cool names they could have used for an animal. Spiny Tailed Zook for example, or Zoobly, or Zurgonojapes. But no, none of those are real words. So I'm down to Z for Zebra.
Here's a thing, I bet you didn't know. Zoologists used to think zebras were white with black stripes, but it turns out it's the other way around. That's the sort of thing zoologists care about I guess.
Zoologist isn't an animal. Neither is zoatrope or zoom-zoom.
Z is for Zebra.