Oxpeckers are not the only birds that zebras have been known to pair with – they also are often found in the company of ostriches. Both of these species are justifiably concerned with approaching danger [1]. Equus burchellii, more commonly known as the plain zebra, is geographically widespread. They are social animals that spend time in herds. Zebras must be constantly wary of lions and hyenas. They travel in herds so more eyes are on alert for danger. If an animal is attacked, its family will come to its defense, circling the wounded zebra and attempting to drive off predators [2]. Struthio camelus, more commonly known as the common ostrich, is found roaming around in Africa. The ostrich is the world’s largest flightless bird that also travels in small herds that typically contain less than a dozen birds [3]. Ostriches have to be aware for cheetahs, lions, African wild dogs, leopards and spotted hyena. The male ostrich is a threatening opponent and will strike out at a predator, however in most cases ostriches are able to out run their pursuer [4]. Ostriches and zebras are both prepared to warn one another at a moment’s notice so they can each flee as needed.
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