Friday, June 25, 2010

Camera Critters: Onager

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Hagenbeck (Hamburg's zoo) has two Onager (Equus hemionus) foals this year, they are both about 2 weeks old.

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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.

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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.

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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.

4 comments:

Dina said...

Aww, the babies are so cute!

Thanks for the onager name for the catapult. Didn't know that.

cat said...

They are so precious.

eileeninmd said...

They are so cute. They look like donkeys. Great photo and info on the Onager.

Denise said...

A beautiful animal and very interesting post. I love to see the little one kick its back legs like that. This little Onager look so cute while learning how to defend itself. Thank you for sharing these lovely photos.

If you have time to stop by, my Camera Critter post is right here.