Magical Stripey Beasties feature in the fairy storybook “The Imaginaeries of Faerie Glen”.
Ivy Lion uses their hair in her paintbrushes and in return she touches up their stripes when they start looking a little tatty. However, Ivy is not fond of this job because these beasties are a tad smelly (especially to a teeny fairy) and they tend to flick her with their tails every now and then too – mistaking her for a fly!
I guess it does not take too much imagination to realize that these MSBs are the gorgeous zebra that roam freely around Faerie Glen.
Did you know that the stripe patterns on each and every zebra are totally unique (a bit like a finger print) and that this is how zebra foals recognize their mothers.
Sometimes the zebs hang out in places where it is really easy to see them and other times they are completely elusive. Often we spot them from the top of the hill, but by the time we get down again they have moved on. I have yet to take a decent photo of them. Usually they blend into the bush so well you can barely see them and you land up with a picture of an extremely well camouflaged creature.
These fabulous photos were taken by a gentleman who regularly walks in the nature reserve – Martinus (Tienie) Cronje. Thanks very much for sharing them with us.
A portion of the proceeds of all the book sales (both printed copies and eBooks) will be donated to the Friends of Faerie Glen Nature Reserve. They are in desperate need of funds to maintain and upgrade the boundary fence that keeps these magnificent animals enclosed. The thought of one of them landing up on a major highway is too terrible to contemplate and we’d like to help as much as we can.
Here’s the question…
Are these magical beasties white with black stripes or…
Are they black with white stripes?
Makes you think doesn’t it!
FYI – The Imaginaeries of Faerie Glen eBook will be on sale from the 26th December to the 1st January 2018 – and will only cost R$1.50 instead of the usual $2.99. If you want a real book – feel free to order one here.