10. 09. 2012.

Asiatic Wild Ass, India

Ahh aren't they beauties..?! Asiatic Wild Ass or onager (Equus hemionus) is native to the deserts of Syria, Iran, Pakistan, India, Israel and Tibet; and like with many other large grazing animals, the onager's range has contracted greatly under the pressures of hunting/poaching and habitat loss. Of the five subspecies, one is extinct and at least two are endangered.
Onagers are a little larger than donkeys and are a little more horse-like but are short-legged compared to horses, and their coloring varies depending on the season. They are generally reddish-brown in color during the summer, becoming yellowish-brown in the winter months. They are notoriously untameable.

This photo was taken in Rann of Kutch, a salt marsh located in western tip of Gujarat, north-western Indian state. The Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the amazing sites of India still on the Unesco's tentative list. Many many thanks to Sita for this truly special card! :))

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