How Zebras gained their stripes

Strovek By Strovek, 20th Dec 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A humorous story about the origin of Zebras. This was a bedtime story I created for my children.

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Long ago, there was a good-hearted but incompetent wizard name ArcStone. The animals in the forest liked him for his kindness but kept away from him in case they fell victim to his magic. Every so often if you hear screams, explosion or smoke, you can be sure that ArcStone is near

One day, some unicorns from a nearby forest came to find ArcStone. Unicorns were hunted and killed for their horns. The horns were known for their magical powers. They asked ArcStone to help them remove their horns so that they will no longer be hunted and killed. Initially, ArcStone declined – he was afraid what his magic will do. However, after the unicorns pleaded to him and explained their plight, he relented.

He went into his house and started working on a portion. It took him many hours to prepare the potion but finally he reappeared with a bowl of smoky potion. The unicorns looked at it and it smelled harmless enough – it had a scent of rose, raspberry and a tinge of grape. The first unicorn drank it but nothing happened. The potion was passed to the rest of the herd and they all drank it. The potion was very nice tasting but it needed more sugar. After drinking the potion, ArcStone told them that the potion will need time to work, so they decided to sleep for the night.

The next morning, when they woke up, they were very happy because they did not feel the horn anymore. It was still dark, so they went towards the stream to look at their reflection. As the sun rose, they stared at their reflections. Horrors!! They were all covered with polka dots – orange, purple and pink.

They immediately rushed to ArcStone and asked for help. ArcStone then mixed another potion but this time, they were have purple and half pink. After that they were checkered blue and orange. Many tries later, the former unicorns grew so fearful of the potion that they decided to throw white paint at each other so that they will be white (the same color they had when they were unicorns).

They were happy for a while but than all the potion had a side effect, their fur started growing very long. They had no choice but to back to ArcStone for help. This time, they told him that they did not want anymore potions.

ArcStone got his wand instead and zapped them but then all their fur caught fire. They ran and jumped into the closest lake. The long furs dropped off but the burn marks remained but interestingly, they were in the form of stripes.

So that was how the unicorns became zebras and got their stripes. To this day, they never returned to ArcStone.


Children, Fables, Horses, Origin, Unicorn, Zebra, Zebras

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author avatar Carol
20th Dec 2010 (#)

Lovely, many thanks.

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author avatar D in The Darling
21st Dec 2010 (#)

Nice story! My sons would love it too! Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your holiday!

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author avatar Denise O
21st Dec 2010 (#)

Nice one strovek.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Strovek
22nd Dec 2010 (#)

Thank you for your kind comments and for stopping by.

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author avatar Retired
17th Jan 2011 (#)

Good article ,thanks

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Jun 2015 (#)

Interesting, the children will sure be thrilled with such stories - siva

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