Scientists have got an answer to why zebras have stripes.
Scientists from the University of Queensland in Australia, with the help of computer models, have proved that the striped pattern creates an optical illusion when zebras move, the Independent reported.
The team of researchers, who analyzed photographs and video footage of the animals, found that the black and white patterns translate as "misleading information" in the eyes of other creatures, thus protecting wild zebras from a range of predators.
Dr How said their study suggested that these illusions cause pests and predators to mistake the zebra's movement direction, causing biting insects to abort their landing manoeuvres and chasing predators to mistime their attacks.
The study was published in the journal Zoology.