June 30, 2007

Ecylse, the "Zorse"

What the heck is going on with this horse? It's part zebra, apparently.

while most zebra-horse crossbreeds sport stripes across their entire body, Eclyse only has two such patches, on its face and rear.

The one-year-old zorse was the accidental product of a holiday romance when her mother, Eclipse, was taken from her German safari park home to a ranch in Italy for a brief spell.

There she was able to roam freely with other horses and a number of zebras, including one called Ulysses who took a fancy to her.

When Eclipse returned home, she surprised her keepers by giving birth to the baby zorse whose mixed markings betray her colourful parentage.

Via DailyMail

At first, I thought that this would be a good example of mosaicism, but upon further research, I found out that this would require a mutation. I guess I was thinking something more like X-inactivation, seen in the colorful coat coloring of a calico cat.

In any case, I thought that this was a striking example of genetics in action. Yay weird science!

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