Life at Kenya’s Maasai Mara was routine with animals and tourists dwelling together to experience the country’s wild side. 

Until, something unique caught everyone’s eye. 

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According to The East African, a photographer was in for a surprise when he first spotted an incredibly rare black-spotted zebra. 

Antony Tira, the renowned tour guide & photographer posted a picture of the black foal on the camp’s Facebook page. 

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An Indian photographer Rahul Sachdeva, 41, too spotted the zebra and clicked pictures, which soon caught everyone’s attention on social media. 

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Said to be born with a condition called melanism, the zebra was born with a build up of dark pigmentation. 

Sadly for the locals, they’ve never seen a zebra with such a condition survive for more than 6 months. 

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According to scientists, stripes in zebras are formed when the melanin in the body is held back. 

This means, a zebra is black by default and has white stripes. 

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The baby zebra has now been named after the photographer who first spotted the rare beauty and will be called Tira. 

Tira now has spots that appear as polka dots. 

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The rare animal attracted a humongous crowd of tourists and photographers, causing a stampede situation near the Mara River in the reserve.