Friday, June 25, 2010
Camera Critters: Onager
Hagenbeck (Hamburg's zoo) has two Onager (Equus hemionus) foals this year, they are both about 2 weeks old.
Onager are somewhere between donkeys and horses. They are native to Asia and India, with several subspecies, some have already died out and the others are threatened by habitat destruction.
Hagenbeck got their first Onagers in the 1950s, this was the last expedition to catch wild animals Hagenbeck made (although they did buy wildcaught animals after that). These were the basis for a breeding program and many onagers living in zoos today are their offspring.
Onager can run at a top speed of 70 kmh and can maintain a speed ofg 50kmh for some time. They also have a powerful kick, which is why a Roman siege weapon was named after them. The foal is still getting used to all these legs, though.