Wild horses return to Kazakhstan steppes after absence of two centuries

Seven Przewalski’s horses, the only truly wild species of the animal in the world, flown to central Asian country from zoos in Europe

A group of the world’s last wild horses have returned to their native Kazakhstan after an absence of about 200 years. The seven horses, four mares from Berlin and a stallion and two other mares from Prague, were flown to the central Asian country on a Czech air force transport plane.

The wild horses, known as Przewalski’s horses, once roamed the vast steppe grasslands of central Asia, where horses are believed to have been first domesticated about 5,500 years ago.

People are known to have been riding and milking horses in northern Kazakhstan nearly 2,000 years before the first records of domestication in Europe. Human activity, including hunting the animals for their meat, as well as road building, which fragmented their population, drove the horses close to extinction in the 1960s.

variants,

People are known to have been riding and milking horses in northern Kazakhstan nearly 2,000 years

TIL people milk horses

Dudewitbow,

i mean think like camels. the only reason why other regions dont do it as much is because they either dont have a history of dairy, or they lack some bovine species to milk as bovines produce more milk (not saying horses dont produce a good chunk of milk, just not as much as cows, bison, yaks and such)

Dicska,
variants,

Whoa that sounds pretty good

theherk,

Greg would.

TheEEEdiot,

Great success!

MiltownClowns,

That’s a picture of a unicorn. Gotta wake up pretty early in the morning to get one over on me, internet.

Viking_Hippie,

What did they do in those 200 years’ absence, you ask?

They’ve been unsuccessfully trying to drag Mick Jagger away.

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