“The black horses which are therein go forth into the north country; and the white go forth after them; and the grisled go forth toward the south country.”
Are zebras white with black stripes or are they black with white stripes? If you’re thinking that zebras just have a coat of two colors and that they don’t have a “background” color at all, think again. Embryologists tell us that the zebra’s background color is black and that their stripes and bellies are white additions.
But scientists are now trying to find out why zebras have stripes at all. The best they can tell, the stripes may make zebras less appetizing to large biting flies that often carry fatal diseases. Using painted horses, Swedish scientists found that zebra stripes disrupt light patterns that tsetse flies and horseflies use to find food and water.
One of the authors of the study, evolutionary ecologist Susanne Åkesson, said the study is being used to show that the zebra’s stripes are a result of evolution and natural selection.
As we’ve seen so many times before, she will not see this as an example of an ingenious design by a Master Designer. Evolutionists are taught to believe in no design and no designer. Creationists, on the other hand, accept what common sense tells us. We can’t help but see a most magnificent design in what God has created.
Since the Bible has not been proved wrong about anything, we can know for certain that zebras were painted, as it were, by an Artist who cares for all His creatures – especially us!
Thank You, Jesus, for creating the zebra, a creature that reminds me of the Bible verse: “And with his stripes we are healed.” Just as You provided for the zebra in this life, so have You provided for me in the life to come. Amen.
Prothero D.R, Schoch R. M (2003). Horns, Tusks, and Flippers: The Evolution of Hoofed Mammals. Johns Hopkins University Press. “Mystery of Zebra’s Stripes Finally Solved?”, Science, J.L. Lee, 2/9/12. Photo: Researchers used painted horses for their study. Used for educational purposes under the Fair Use provisions.