Monday Minstrel: Przewalski’s Horse

Equus ferus przewalskii .  This rugged little horse was found in Central Asia by Nikolai Mikhailovich Przewalski who was on an expedition in the region in May 1879. The little horses he saw were smart enough to get wind of him and his expedition and flee. Przewalski liked to shoot first and ask questions later. Anything  he saw was destined to be shot, crated, and taken home to be stuffed or plunked into the cooking pot.  Apparently it was a personal humiliation that he never added a wild horse to his collection.

Przewalski’s horse is a true “wild” horse not a feral horse that descends from domesticated horses. The American Mustangs or Australian Brumbies are descended from domesticated horses. Przewalski’s  horse is the last surviving subspecies of true wild horses.

At the start of the 20th Century some of the horses were caught and were given the name of Przewalski’s Horse. The horse was nearly extinct in the wild but after successful  reintroductions it has been reclassified as “endangered”.  Oddly enough one of the areas where it has been reintroduced is free of humans…the Chernobyl exclusion zone.

 

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Photo from The Horse Book by Kathleen Walker-Meikle

 

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Emma Cownie says:

    I am glad that the Chernobyl exclusion zone is good for something. I think that long after humans have ruined the earth for human life that other animal life will thrive.

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  2. Unique little horse.
    This made me want to pummel Mr. Przewalski, but then I always want to pummel bloodthirsty humans.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      He is described as not one of the most likeable human beings. So you could go ahead and pummel!

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  3. Aww, I have never heard of these horses, but they are beautiful! 🙂 xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      The are very unique looking with their “mohican” manes.

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  4. doar nicole says:

    It looks somehow special and sweet, like pondering almost. 🙂 And quite interesting, the detail about the Chernobyl zone, yes, odd too.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      These horses do have a very unique look. Chernobyl is a bit of an odd choice but at least they will not be interfered with there.

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