Thursday, September 4, 2014

Creature Feature #320: Horse

The Horse was domesticated around 4,000-3,000 BC in central Asia. Now feral populations exist throughout the world. Although descended from domesticated animals, feral horses are wild-born and have (generally) never known human contact, meaning they revert to their ancestral behaviour. Feral horses form small bands lead by a dominant mare and containing other mares and their foals, along with a dominant stallion. These will sometimes share territory with other bands, and this behaviour is known as "herding".  One of the most well known populations of feral horses are the mustangs of America, although Australia actually has the largest populations of feral horses. There is also a population in New Zealand. Due to the damage they do to the ecosystem, there is a lot of conflict over these wild populations and

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