Zebra Bits


Welcome… to… The Brain Scoop! We’re back, with Anna Goldman, and today we have a zebra! How long do you think it was in the freezer? Oh god, I don’t know, um…
– Did I already ask that? I would assume, since he was pretty far back, and in a bucket, it’s definitely longer than two years. But, considering how dry he is, I- I don’t know. This guy may- it’s-
– Five years? We’ve had- We’ve had specimens that we’ve found from the zoo that have been in there from the 90’s. From the 90’s? Like the 1990’s?
– From the 90’s. The 1990’s. Not the 1890’s?
– Not the 1890’s. So it’s possible that it’s that old, but it’s also possible that it’s, you know, 2005, 2006. So do you know why zebras have stripes? Because when they run as a pack, they can run in all different directions and confuse their predators. And they don’t know where they’re going or which end is up and they’re like, “I dunno who to kill!” And when zebra babies are born they have brown stripes. And they’re like polar bears, where their skin is black underneath. Like you can- I don’t know if you can see- yeah you can. You can see, underneath the white fur, they have black skin. That looks gross. All that tissue… is uh, kinda, mmm. Fatty and rot- rotten.
– That’s dry, too. Rot-ten. Ooh! Uuulgh.
– Ulgh. Wuueew.
– That’s gross. Wooew.
– I don’t know about that. Ooh! Did you see that? No.
– Look. Eww! Ohh. Mmm, fluid. Back in- let’s go out- back in. Woah. Bubbles and stuff in the veins.
– Mmm. I just removed a bunch of meat from the scapula, and this is where it joins with the humerus, right here. And I’m just, this is all, like, that’s all a piece of meat right there. So I’m gonna just remove- I just gonna like, cut that out. Just cut it out!
– Just cut it outta there! The really interesting thing about horses, um, they’re perissodactyls- they’re odd-toed ungulates- meaning they walk on either one or three toes. A horse walks on the tip of its middle finger. So this is one finger, and this is one nail. So like, horses literally walk like this. And they go nyeh-nyeh-nyeh-nyeh-nyeh-nyeh-nyeh-nyeh-nyeh-nyeh. *Whinnies* You have the bone that articulates right here, and then another bone goes inside of the hoof. So there’s another- there’s like a toenail- there’s a hoof-shaped bone underneath the hoof, is what I was trying to say. But this, back here, is all squishy. And it’s just padding. To absorb- it’s like…
– That’s the little heart shape. Yeah, the heart shape is like a shock absorber.
– Wow. If you had your finger like this, this is exactly how a horse’s foot is like. And then this is all hoof, where my nail is would come around, and then there would be fatty bits behind it. You can… do your… prance. Prancing! No, I’m prancing. I’m a pretty prancing pony… princess. So I think that’s all…
– Oh neat! That’s all tendon, isn’t it? There’s no bone in there.
– Woahh! No! That’s- that’s gotta be cartilage or something.
– Yeah. Cool. So this is uh…
– *Gasps* That’s the uh, that’s the end of the scapula. This is your scapula. It’s not my scapula. My scapula doesn’t look like that. So it goes- goes like- like that across your back. Like…
– Yeah. Yeah. Like right there, like a wing. Like the wings of an angel.
– Yeah. Fly away! Smells ba- It smells like bad hot dogs, though. Good hot dogs! So, since this guy came from a zoo, they took off the back of his head. This is his little- his little brain cap here. Fits somehow. I don’t- I don’t really know how. I was never good at Tetris. But they take the brain out to do a necropsy study, so we don’t ever get the brain. And his ears were missing too, if anybody noticed. And this right here, all this dried stuff in here is his brain case. They didn’t take that. They just like, went in and robbed it. Brain robbers!
– Yeah. This is the back of the nose. This is the sinus. So see, it’s got two- two spots to it? So it’s divided by a septum. And this is one nasal passage and that’s the other. And it lets out into the back of the throat. And so the mouth is right through here, which I can stick my whole arm through. Woah, oh god!
– In the mouth! Augh, there’s Anna!
– Hi! All the way- that’s really disturbing looking. But it’s a really good representation of how everything’s connected. If I could get my whole hand through the nose,
– So you’re like “bleuugh.” You could see… so this goes all the way back out through here, and then it’s g- Oh, god.
– Well… This is inappropriate.
– You’ve got something… on your arm.
– What? I don’t want this to dry like this, ’cause then it’d be really hard to get off. But see how easy that is? Really simple. Everybody should get this dirty just, you know, once a day. Once a day, kids. Shove your arm…
– Once a day. through the back of the throat of a zebra. Look at his lips! *Whinnies* You have the side of his face. This is where the nostrils go, and the air can circulate throughout here, and then it comes back here. You get all kinds of booger-y stuff. And then this is cartilage between it. So when you get your nose pierced, when you get your septum pierced, it’s going right there. You have lubricant between your joints. Like oil, like fuel. There’s- that’s-
– *Gasps* That’s joint lubricant.
– Ooh, lookit. And like, it kinda like, is kinda like, stringy and like gooey, like saliva a little bit. That’s uh, joint lubricant. That’s totally nuts.
– So my mom ran outta this! And now her knees are shot! Eww, it all came out- EWW it’s all OHH, gross! It’s like spit.
– What are you gonna do with it now? Oh my- that’s like edible. That looks like in a salad.
– What? I don’t think so.
– Hearts of palm! It looks just like hearts of palm. I don’t know what hearts of palm is.
– It’s this- it’s the like, little center of the palm. Palm tree. It’s- they pickle it and they put it in salads and it’s really tasty.
– Oh. That’s- that’s tendon! On the underside of the radius and ulna. It looks tasty, that’s all I’m saying. Woah- woah! That’s a big muscle! Yeah, look at the…
– Do you know what muscle that is? That’s a couple of muscles. And you can tell- can you hold it to the camera? Is it by the- it’s part of the trapezius, isn’t it? Yeah, yeah, and then you have these separations right here, too. And you can see where individual muscles come together. This is like bisected. It’s like a topographical map. You can tell the age of a tree based on the lines. That’s not- This isn’t botany. Scratch that. Look at all the different- look at the- *whistles* Look at all that. Crisscross-y. Is that connective tissues?
– Isn’t that cool? Yeah. That’s some- That’s some crazy stuff. Yeah, so there’s all that muscle under there. That’s just solid muscle. Really pretty, beautiful muscle. He’s got dirty teeth. Yeah, just trying to get a little bit outta there, make it more comfortable. That’s the least I can do. Ohp! I lost my scalpel blade in his mouth. That’s not… Ohp, ohp, there it is.
– Uh oh. I don’t see it. I- I hear it. Do you, like, got tweezers? Maybe I can pull it out this way? Whoop, there, okay.
– There we go. Oh hey, Emily, let me get that for you. WooaAAHHHhh. That’s disturbing. Oh, jeezus. Okay.
– There! Look at the- look at the roof of the mouth. Look at that. That texture. His teeth are really worn. Zoo animals live longer than their wild cousins, obviously, ’cause they don’t have to worry about predators. So his teeth are about half the size as maybe they would be in the wild. There’s still all kinds of hay and stuff stuck in them. The space right here, between the incisors and the molars is called a diastema. And you see that in grazing animals and in rodents, because they don’t need big shearing teeth like carnivores have, and that’s for biting and for like, grabbing, but these guys just have the big fleshy lips for pulling up the grass, and chomping the grass, and then they just go back here and they just chew and chew and chew. Have you heard of YouTube? YouTube?
– Yeah. What’s YouTube?
– I don’t know. It’s this thing that these kids are doing these days. Silly kids. Doing these things. So Anna, do you like being on The Brain Scoop? I do, very much! I think it’s fun to have people watch what you do everyday and get excited about it.
– Because you do this every day. Like, this isn’t just something you get to do and come in on the weekends. This is- This is your full time job, you are THE mammal prep lab…
– I am THE mammals preparator. Yeah.
– But uh, yeah, no, I like to let people know that this goes on in the basement, and that if they see me on the train, I’ve probably been around a lot of blood and smelly things.


99 Responses

  1. Leopard-King

    June 13, 2017 12:11 am

    I watch this entire video while eating a pint of Chunky Monkey ice cream! WHAT?!

    Some where a Mafia don is like, "Did Tony get the message?"

    Foot soldier: Yeah boss, right on his [email protected]#*ing doorstep!

    Mafia don: Good, good, that bum should be calling in tears any moment…

    Foot soldier: Yeah…I'm sorry I'll pay, I'm a family man!

    Maria don: Ha ha ha ha ha

    Foot soldier: Ha ah ha ha ha

    Mafia don: Yeeeeaaaah

    Foot soldier: Yup

    Mafia don: 128 Carbon Rd, right?

    Foot soldier: Boss, don't do that, I got 7 years in family!

    Mafia don: Whaaaa, I'm just verifying the address.

    Foot soldier: Yeeeeeeah boss!

    Foot soldier: Awe damn!

    Mafia Boss: Wha?

    Foot soldier: Awwwwe damn!

    Mafia boss: What? don't you screw me!

    Foot soldier: The Goldman broad!

    Maria don: What, the morbid museum chick you were tryin' to make all nice with?

    Foot soldier: Yeaaaah, she might have misunderstood something I said….

    Mafia don: What did you say?

    Foot: I dunno, she was all smiling at me asking me if she could have the zebra head….I dunno maybe I said yeah…I dunno

    Madia don: I'm demoting you to shoe shine boy, YOU MORON! YOU CAN'T DO ANYTHING RIGHT! I got 7 years in the family, MORON!

  2. ChicagoJon2016

    June 23, 2017 10:32 pm

    if you're on the train in Chicago you've definitely been around a lot of blood and smelly things

  3. Kinsei

    July 14, 2017 1:47 am

    Are hearts of palm a rare thing in the US? I was pretty surprised she didn't know what it was

  4. Roddy Lawrence

    July 22, 2017 6:26 am

    If anyone reads Cracked, Emily is like the female Alex Scmidt. They look the exact same.

  5. Tess Walker

    August 14, 2017 5:13 am

    I always get so excited when there are facts like the Perissodactyl fact get mentioned because then I've learned a new thing and I get the urge to tell other people because its just so cool and I dont understand why someone WOULDNT want to know that because its SO COOL

  6. Cee Cee

    October 3, 2017 7:40 am

    sorry, gotta correct you, Emily! it's "dendrochronology" not "botany" that tells you a tree's age based on the number of rings. you're welcome!

  7. Silver Lune

    October 3, 2017 1:10 pm

    Mrs Goldman " i like to let people know what happens in the basement"…. not creepy at all… especially since you disect and prepare dead things….

  8. Donnie Montoya

    November 6, 2017 6:46 am

    God I love this channel. This is the kind of stuff I love to look at and watch, but am afraid to just Google.

  9. Isabel Song

    November 16, 2017 4:39 am

    I've been watching a lot of the dissection/skinning videos on the brain scoop this week but I love how everyone ALWAYS specifically talks about how bloody/smelly/gross they'll be on the train in each of those videos.

  10. carpii

    November 17, 2017 9:29 am

    i was just watching a zebra stew recipe and it moved onto this video, so I assumed this was a cookery vid too. Lets just say I spent the first few minutes revolted and confused

  11. Alyssa Marie

    November 21, 2017 4:37 am

    I love how there are these two beautiful young woman that many might underestimate and they're all… look I can stick my arm through his nose! real ladies get messy!!! you go girls!

  12. Budgerigar17

    January 9, 2018 10:36 am

    So basically horses/zebras/donkeys all walk around flipping us off their entire lives? Honestly same

  13. Tays012

    May 6, 2018 5:19 am

    I’ve gotten used to the blood and dissection, I’m only grossed out by the rotting look of the flesh.

  14. Tamil Selvam

    July 8, 2018 1:45 pm

    Personally feeling that you are doing a very good job, but to respect and to remember to them after their friendly nature with us.. Respect their body….

  15. C2HGaming

    January 1, 2019 12:18 am

    It seems like they really enjoy their work lol and in the end don't we all just wanna enjoy our work as well?

  16. Alma Rosa Cuevas Romero

    April 22, 2019 6:14 am

    Maybe that zebra deserved a little bit more of respect. I loved the video and it was funny but it still represents how much we don't really care about other species. If it had been a human, this would have more negative comments.

  17. Aubrey Ackermann

    July 11, 2019 4:48 am

    The joint fluid looked just like an egg white from a non rotten egg that's been in the fridge for weeks

  18. Chantel Schneider

    February 3, 2020 2:33 pm

    I like Anna‘s positivity and humor when it comes to dissection/whatever it’s called that you did in this video. This video was funny and interesting at the same time!!

  19. Kristin Stenson

    February 6, 2020 12:09 am

    All the negative people on the tone of this video, this is how the majority of people in most medical fields act. When you deal with death on a regular basis you either have to find humor in it or go insane!

  20. Rey Xerxes Dizon

    February 14, 2020 4:35 pm

    Re-watching this after 5 years
    Everybody: ew! Gross!
    Me: marinate it in soy sauce, garlic, pepper, lemon,
    Ginger leaves, and oyster sauce.
    Grill it or bake it.. while cooking, put butter.


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