07/24/2014 12:01 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Okapi Baby And His Mom Flaunt Their Stripes In Candid PHOTO


Zebra or horse? Okapi's refuse to choose.

And in today's modern society, they don't have to.

Story continues after animals that refuse to choose...
okapi mother

This picture from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, shows mother Ayana and her 2-week-old calf.

From the AP:

The male calf, named Jackson, was born on July 6 and is spending time with his mother in the okapi barn at the Safari Park as he gets to know his surroundings. Okapi newborns can stand within 30 minutes of birth and nurse for the first time within an hour. They have the same coloring as an adult but have a short fringe of hair along the spine, which generally disappears by the time they are 12 to 14 months old.

Horse and zebra jokes aside, Okapis are actually most closely related to giraffes, according to the San Diego Zoo. They live in the Ituri Forest in central Africa.

They're tough to spot in the wild because, as the zoo explains, "Okapis are very wary, and their highly developed hearing alerts them to run when they hear humans in the distance."



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