It was previously thought that the zebra’s stripes helped to protect them from predators by creating an optical illusion when they moved.
However, a new study has shown that the stripes actually make them easier to catch.
The Cambridge University study’s author Anna Hughes says, “What we’ve found in this study is that stripes are not the worst pattern you can have, but they are not necessarily better than plain grey. They also don’t have an extra benefit in groups which is what people have assumed.”
Other theories about the stripes include that they help keep the animals cool or that they repel disease-carrying flies.