In appearance zebras and horses are very similar. For a long time, a man uses a horse as an assistant in everyday life and in war. In our history, it was the horse that played the most important role in comparison with other animals. But why, since the external resemblance to a horse is so great, did not a man try to use a zebra as his assistant? Moreover, since modern people originated in the territory of Africa, why did our ancestors not try to use zebras for their needs, but could get along with horses when they got to Eurasia? And how exquisitely looked in the ranks of striped animals during the solemn parades and reviews!
It’s all about the problems of domestication. In order for an animal to be suitable for domestication, it must satisfy five criteria: it could easily be caught without a particular danger to one’s life, it could be safely planted in captivity, it should not compete with a person for its food, and finally , these animals should have a clear hierarchy. Of all animal species, an extremely small number is suitable immediately for all these criteria. That is why in his entire history before the era of industrialization, man was able to domesticate only a few species, if we talk about large animals. And the zebra is not included in their number.
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