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Zebras Rock! November 3, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, Nature, Poetry.

IMGP1854bNaomi posted a poem today about patterns, using a few zebra-tastic shots of zebras to highlight her wise words:


Aah . . . zebras.

A leopard cannot change its spots, nor a zebra its stripes. ~ Proverb

I’m ten years old. My life is half over and I don’t even know if I’m black with white stripes or white with black stripes! ~ Marty the Zebra (Madagascar)

The zebra epitomizes the wildness of the Serengeti like no other creature. ~ Zalu Mubuto (speech to WWF, 1987)

There is no more fun loving, yet temperamental animal on the plain than the zebra. ~ Zalu Mubuto (comment to reporters, c. 1983)

Alex, do not interrupt me when I’m daydreaming.  When a zebra’s in the zone, leave him alone. ~ Marty the Zebra (Madagascar)

As long as we have zebras in our midst, I shall be content. ~ Atlo Dogong (c.1915-1988) (comment at a trade meeting in Nairobi Kenya, 1979)

There’s no end to the things you might know
Depending how far beyond Zebra you go. ~ Dr. Seuss

Ziggy, by Jan Philpot

I asked the zebra, Are you black with white strips? Or white with black strips?
And the zebra asked me:
Are you good with bad habits? Or are you bad with good habits?
Are you noisy with quiet times? Or are you quiet with noisy times?
Are you happy with sad days? Or are you sad with happy days?
Are you neat with some sloppy ways?  Or are you sloppy with some neat ways?
And on and on and on and on
And on and on he went.
I’ll never ask a zebra about stripes again.
~ Shel Silverstein
A Light in the Attic

Look there, daddy.  Do you see?  There’s a horse in striped pajamas!

No, that’s not what it is at all.  That’s an animal people call a zebra.

I see.  But it still looks like a horse in striped pajamas to me.

Captain Kangaroo


1. Cindy - November 3, 2010

Aaaw, they be among the finest of critters 😀

nrhatch - November 3, 2010

I agree! For awhile I collected zebras with abandon ~ both paintings and “statuary.”

Over time, I shared my ever-expanding collection with my nieces and nephews to divest myself of all but a few favorites.

They remind me that God has a sense of humor. 🙂

2. Shannon Sullivan - November 3, 2010

Do Zebras see in black and white too? 🙂

nrhatch - November 3, 2010

And shades of gray! 😉

Actually, I’m not sure, but many animals are color blind.

3. Paula Tohline Calhoun - November 3, 2010

Wish we ALL could be color blind! Or better yet, color appreciative! Love Naomi’s photos – thanks for posting them here!

nrhatch - November 3, 2010

Actually, I didn’t use Naomi’s photos (taken by Dave). . .

To see their gorgeous shots, just click on the link “Patterns” and check them out in all their splendor.

4. Greg Camp - November 3, 2010

Here’s a quotation from Jared Diamond’s “Guns, Germs, and Steel”:

Efforts at domestication went as far as hitching [zebras] to carts: they were tried out as draft animals in 19th-century South Africa, and the eccentric Lord Walter Rothschild drove through the streets of London in a carriage pulled by zebras. Alas, zebras become impossibly dangerous as they grow older. . . . Zebras have the unpleasant habit of biting a person and not letting go. They thereby injure even more American zookeepers each year than do tigers! Zebras are also virtually impossible to lasso with a rope–even for cowboys who win rodeo championships by lassoing horses–because of their unfailing ability to watch the rope noose fly toward them and then to duck their head out of the way.

Hm. . . cranky, tough, and single-minded–what’s not to love?

nrhatch - November 3, 2010

Love the quote!

Zebras are unique and one of a kind in the animal kingdom and they make no apologies for being exactly what they were always intended to be . . . wild and free!

5. souldipper - November 3, 2010

Just for fun, Nancy, do you know why humans don’t ride zebras?

nrhatch - November 3, 2010

Zebras won’t let them?

6. Naomi - November 4, 2010

GORGEOUS post, Nancy!! Thanks so much for linking to mine 🙂 LOVE these quotes and that beautiful nuzzling pic!

nrhatch - November 4, 2010

Thanks for inspiration.

When I saw your post on Patterns yesterday, I decided that Ziggy deserved a post dedicated to him and his kin.

7. carldagostino - February 9, 2011

I see e e cummings here too

nrhatch - February 9, 2011

Does ee cummings like zebras too? 8)

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