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post #11 of 50 Old 09-08-2011, 12:04 AM
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Thats impossible there sterile meaning they can't reproduce
I was actually wondering about that. Lol

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post #12 of 50 Old 09-08-2011, 12:12 AM
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I recall reading that zebra's are quite a bit different then horses. They tend to have a "fight or flee" sence of thinking. If they become frightened or startled by a human or other animal, they will either attack or do all they can to run away. This makes them more dangerous around people and pets and harder to contain if you don't have a proper set up.

Of course it all depends on the zebra. Depending if it's wild caught or born in capivity and handled by humans early in it's life, and other factors can effect how good a zebra will be as a pet.

A downside to purchasing a zebra though would be the cost. A while back I wanted a zebra (Haha :3) and most untrained zebras were around $5,000...give or take. I have seen trained ones advertised at $25,000 an up. You have to really want one to pay that price.

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haha I have a feeling it wouldnt be like racing stripes if that's what you're hoping ;) I've often wondered that too........ can you imagine the looks you would get riding in a show on a ZEBRA!

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I recall reading that zebra's are quite a bit different then horses. They tend to have a "fight or flee" sence of thinking. If they become frightened or startled by a human or other animal, they will either attack or do all they can to run away. This makes them more dangerous around people and pets and harder to contain if you don't have a proper set up.

Of course it all depends on the zebra. Depending if it's wild caught or born in capivity and handled by humans early in it's life, and other factors can effect how good a zebra will be as a pet.

A downside to purchasing a zebra though would be the cost. A while back I wanted a zebra (Haha :3) and most untrained zebras were around $5,000...give or take. I have seen trained ones advertised at $25,000 an up. You have to really want one to pay that price.
I know, it's ridiculous. I looked a few breeding facilities up in California and untrained ones were at least $8000 and the trained ones were at least $25,000
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I'd like to have a few if I ever win the lottery.
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I was just wondering if they make good pets.. Or are they stubborn, mean, etc...?

I'm not going to be getting one, but I can dream right?
Don't know how they would be as pets, but I remember getting bit by one while driving through a wildlife park. I turned around to take a picture of my daughter with the zebra outside her side of the car, and another one bit me on the arm from my window! Here is her reaction...
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Is owning a zebra even legal? If so, where?

It definitely is not here!
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Is owning a zebra even legal? If so, where?

It definitely is not here!
Some places in the US I don't know about any where else. There are also different type of Zebra. Here in FL there is one type that you don't need a license to own.

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Not sure about owning them but we went to a wildlife park and they had an albino one... I had pictures but they were film. But this is the one:

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I have read (no first hand experience) that they are unpredictable to the point of being dangerous. An animal that you will always have to have your guard up when you are around it.
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