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An utterly different kind of zebra crossing

Posted at 8:00 am, March 15, 2013 in Photos of London, Transport

What with rush hour traffic, our newfangled routemasters and a mass of Boris bikes trundling up and down the streets of London, it’s often hard to believe that our roads were once filled with horse-drawn carriages. What’s even harder to believe is that the roads used to be filled with zebra-drawn carriages. Well, maybe ‘filled’ is a bit of an exaggeration, but we do know that there are multiple photos demonstrating the exotic transportation and that in the early 1900s, it was fashionable to try and tame the horse-like zebras along with other animals such as elks and ostriches. We’re not exactly advocating setting these beautiful creatures to work but it would make one hell of an Instagram shot if it was to happen now. No doubt they were the Bentley of the horse world. Carly-Ann Clements

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