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Indian wild ass (Equus hemionus khur) | by Balaji Venkatesh S
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Indian wild ass (Equus hemionus khur)

Location: Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary, Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

 

The Indian wild ass (Equus hemionus khur) also called the khur, is a subspecies of the onager native to Southern Asia. The coat is usually sandy, but varies from reddish grey, fawn, to pale chestnut. The animal possesses an erect, dark mane which runs from the back of the head and along the neck. The mane is then followed by a dark brown stripe running along the back, to the root of the tail. Wild asses graze between dawn and dusk. The animal feeds on grass, leaves and fruits of plant, crop, Prosopis pods, and saline vegetation. It is one of the fastest of Indian animals, with speeds clocked at about 70 – 80 km. per hour and can easily outrun a jeep.

 

Source: Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_wild_ass

 

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Taken on December 16, 2012