My nephew asked me, “WHETHER THE ZEBRA HAD BLACK STRIPES ON WHITE OR WHITE STRIPES ON BLACK BASE?”
I was stunned for a couple of minutes. I had to go to the internet to have a closer look at a high resolution photo of a Zebra. I had a closer look at the following photos and i have forced myself to come to the conclusion that the base colour is white/grey and the stripes are BLACK.
The reasoning i have used is that the fourth photo shows an ALBINO Zebra, and the consequential loss is the stripes. The animal is in the company of other zebras but looks more like a MULE. The albino zebra looks as if the stripes have been rubbed off. I am also acutely aware of the fact that the Albino effect is because of the loss of PIGMENTATION, and therefore it cannot be conclusively stated that the base is white/grey, as even the pigmentation required for the off-white/grey would be lost in the lack of pigmentation.
The second reason is that if one observes the limbs of the zebras, they are mostly white/grey, and that gives more reason to go the way i perceived.
But in any case, it is clear that one cannot ask those questions and get simple answer, as the animal kingdom’s colouring cannot be explained as a painting wrought on a canvas.
God’s creation keeps popping questions that look so simple and inane, but when kids ask simple questions we have to give some reasonable answer and encourage them to find out the reasons without debunking their questions. The questions may not answer vital issues, but they show the adults their own inadequacy of reasonable answers to such apparently simple questions.