It was only when these zebras started trotting along the road ahead of us that I noticed that the back foot of this one was twisted at an awkward angle.
The extent of the misshapen ankle/foot is clear in this photograph:
The twisted back foot is evident when the zebra is at rest. In all other respects, it appears to be perfectly healthy.
A close-up view provides no clear answer as to what might have happened: was the zebra born with this deformity? Perhaps it twisted its ankle or broke it some time ago. Whatever the origin, this zebra has learned to live with it. Although it brought up the rear when they trotted along the road or through the grass, it wasn’t far behind.
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