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Lauren and Nicholas were with a group of children at the Zoo. A woman was showing them how colors and markings helped some animals blend into their surroundings.

The woman asked, "If you were a light brown-colored gazelle, and needed to hide from a leopard who wanted to eat you, would you hide in tall, light brown grass, or in tall green grass?"

The children looked at the two gazelles. Lauren spoke up and said, "Light brown grass."

"Right," the woman said. "This is called protective coloration. Many animals are just the right color to hide from other animals."

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