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Wisent
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The wisent (pronounced /ˈviːzənt/) (Bison bonasus), also known as the European bison, is a species of Eurasian bison. It is the heaviest surviving land animal in Europe; a typical wisent is about 3 m (10 ft) long and 1.8 to 2.2 m (6 to 7 ft) tall, and weighs 300 to 920 kg (660 to 2,000 lb). It is typically lighter than the related American Bison (Bison bison), and has shorter hair on the neck, head and forequarters, but longer tail and horns. Wisent are now forest-dwelling. They have few predators (besides humans) with only scattered reports from the 1800s of wolf and bear predation. Wisent were first scientifically described by Carolus Linnaeus in 1758. Some later descriptions treat the wisent as conspecific with the American Bison. It is not to be confused with the aurochs, the extinct ancestor of domestic cattle.

In 1996 the IUCN classified the wisent as an endangered species. It has since been downgraded to a vulnerable species. In the past it was commonly killed to produce hides and drinking horns, especially during the Middle Ages.

Although superficially similar, there are a number of physical and behavioural differences between the wisent and the American Bison. The Wisent has 14 ribs, while the American Bison has 15.[2] Adult wisents are taller than American bison, and have longer legs.[3] Wisents tend to browse more, and graze less than their American cousins, due to their necks being set differently. Compared to the American bison, the nose of the wisent is set further forward than the forehead when the neck is in a neutral position. The body of the wisent is less hairy, though its tail is hairier than that of the American species. The horns of the wisent point forward through the plane of their faces, making them more adept at fighting through the interlocking of horns in the same manner as domestic cattle, unlike the American bison which favours charging.[4] European bison are less tameable than their American cousins, and breed with domestic cattle less readily

(Wikipedia)

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Der Wisent oder Europäische Bison (Bison bonasus) ist eine europäische Art der Rinder, die heute in weiten Teilen ihres einstigen Verbreitungsgebiets ausgestorben ist. Er ist dem Amerikanischen Bison ähnlich und mit diesem uneingeschränkt kreuzbar; die beiden werden daher manchmal als eine Art betrachtet.

Der Wisent ist seit der Ausrottung des Auerochsen Europas schwerstes und größtes Landsäugetier und zudem der letzte Vertreter der wildlebenden Rinderarten des europäischen Kontinents. Er hat eine Kopfrumpflänge von 330 Zentimetern, eine Schulterhöhe bis zu zwei Meter und ein Gewicht bis zu einer Tonne. Wie beim amerikanischen Vetter ist das Fell dunkelbraun; Kälber und Jungtiere haben eine mehr rötliche Farbe. Der Kopf ist auffallend kurz, trägt einen ausgeprägten Kinnbart und endet in zwei kurzen Hörnern. Er wird gesenkt getragen und liegt deutlich unter dem Widerrist.

Von einem amerikanischen Bison ist der Wisent nur schwer zu unterscheiden. Er hat kürzere Haare, einen höheren Widerrist, längere Hörner und einen längeren Schwanz. Beide Arten sind gleich groß, obwohl der amerikanische Bison kompakter und kräftiger wirkt.

Die ursprüngliche Verbreitung reichte von Spanien über Mitteleuropa bis ins westliche Sibirien und umfasste auch England und das südliche Skandinavien. In diesem großen Verbreitungsgebiet bewohnte der Wisent sowohl offene Wälder als auch offenes Land. Erst durch menschliche Verfolgung ist er zu einem Tier dichter Wälder geworden. Der letzte freilebende Wisent wurde 1921 in Polen gewildert (siehe auch: Bedrohung und Schutz). 2006 lebten wieder 31 ausgewilderte Populationen in Freiheit: neun in der Ukraine, acht in Russland, sieben in Weißrussland, fünf in Polen, eine in Litauen und eine in der Slowakei. In Rumänien ist eine Auswilderung für 2007 geplant, in Deutschland eine für 2009 (im Rothaargebirge in Nordrhein-Westfalen).

(Wikipedia)


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Hippopotamus Walking
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Image by Travis S.
Hippos are now a sub-Saharan animal, where they were once found in the Nile all the way to the Mediterranean. There is an extinct species of pygmy hippo found in Cyprus that seem to have died out around 10,000 years ago. It is unknown as to whether the climate or humans killed off these animals. I would think they would be good eating as they were the size of a large dog.

The hippo here is doing loops around it's pool.

 
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