Amazing animals

Red Wolf

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The red wolf looks like a big red mongrel with round ears, fluffy wool and a long luxurious tail. Red wolves are adroit and tireless hunters. They run very fast, jump high and far. Hold in a flock: wolf, she-wolf and their children of different ages. Shelters of rocks or caves serve as shelters for red predators. Burrows red wolves do not dig. However, they do not need burrows, because they are nomads: they appear first in one, then in another place, and then disappear for a long time.

The red wolf is a rather large beast, it weighs about 20 kilograms.

During their wanderings, red wolves can gather in large flocks. Remember the "red dogs" in Kipling's famous tale "Mowgli"? It is they, red wolves. In a large flock, you can count 30-50 animals. Red wolves hunt all together. The main thing here is to take not by skill, but by quantity. Usually they long pursue prey - deer, mountain goat or buffalo. To tire out to exhaustion. And on occasion, can tear even a bear or a tiger. When there is nothing special to eat, do not disdain a mouse or a lizard. Red wolves never attack a person. They generally try to avoid people. The red wolf is quite silent and, unlike the gray one, never howls.

In addition to fast legs, sensitive ears, strong teeth and a sharp scent, the red wolf can also boast of its unusual fur. It is so thick and warm that even in the cold season, when water bodies begin to become covered with ice, red wolves can easily swim. Having got ashore, shaggy swimmers quickly shake themselves off and go off on their own wolf affairs.

Mouse lemur

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He is the smallest of those called ghosts.

Like other lemurs, mouse live in Madagascar. There are several types of them. Some are larger - with a large rat, others are very small and easily fit in the palm of your hand. But the appearance of both of them is equally funny: huge round eyes, neat paws with long fingers, delicate petal ears, long tail. Mouse lemurs live high in the crowns of trees, deftly jumping from branch to branch. By the way, despite the touching appearance, the character of mouse lemur is not sugar at all. In the afternoon, mouse lemurs sleep, curled up in a hollow or a cozy nest. And as soon as it gets dark, they go in search of food. Big-eyed hunters catch insects and eat juicy fruits. And, although mouse lemurs live in hot climates, they try to eat well to stock up on subcutaneous fat. The most capacious “pantry” is the tail, which at the base gradually becomes very thick. This lemur will need fat when the animal ... hibernates. But not in the winter cold, like other animals, but during the intense tropical heat. In summer, mouse lemurs have babies. Newborn lemurs weigh only a few grams, they are completely helpless and blind. True, on the second day their eyes open, after a couple of weeks they will be able to climb branches themselves, and after two months they will become completely independent. But until they grow up, mom will always be around.

Pony

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Because ponies are small in stature, they are often taken lightly. The plush "little humpbacked horse" seems so harmless! However, the pony's appearance is deceiving. Like large horses, ponies know how to kick and bite, and some of them have a better temper than the most capricious horse. After all, the harsh conditions in which their ancestors lived, developed a stubborn character in the pony. But they should not be considered as vicious. Well-trained ponies are friendly and welcoming. No wonder they are trusted to ride even the smallest children. The pony's hooves are so strong that they absolutely do not need horseshoes.

Like large horses, ponies are divided into breeds. There are Shetland ponies, Exmoor, Dartmoor, Connemara, Fjord, American and others.

There are tiny ponies, they are taller, but their main difference from the “real” horses is very short, strong legs. The most famous pony, of course Shetland, is a very ancient breed. In height, stocky, shaggy shetlands grow only a meter "with a tail." But they don’t take strength. Previously, these laborers worked in mines and mines: they carried very heavy trolleys with coal. After all, there was nowhere for a big horse to turn around. Shetland pony is very strong. He can carry a rider up to 100 kilograms of weight.

Since the history of ponies dates back centuries, we can say that they began to use them for horseback riding only recently - only at the beginning of the 19th century. They are trained in the same way as large horses, and they participate in the same sports as other horses. Here are the usual horse racing and obstacle racing, and dressage, where little riders and their horses show the skill of a beautiful ride.

Ponies come in completely different stripes. Most often spotted, piebald, black and light gray colors are found.