Zoo bans clothing in animal patterns

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A British zoo said Wednesday it has banned visitors from wearing clothes with leopard or zebra patterns because they are confusing the animals.

“We have announced an animal-print ban. This follows confusion amongst our ‘Zufari: Ride into Africa!’ animals,” Chessington World of Adventures said in a statement.

The park-wide prohibition was introduced after the launch of the Zufari ride, in which visitors come face to face with giraffes, rhinos and other animals as they drive around in off-road trucks.

When the animals encounter a visitor wearing a print similar to their own, they act a little “over-friendly,” said a spokesman for the zoo. “If they were wearing a pattern similar to a predator, they would get scared and run away,” he said.