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Kiang

The Kiang (Equus kiang), is a large mammal belonging to the horse family. They are native to the Tibetan Plateau. Their habitat is mountainous and alpine grasslands from 13,000 to 23,000 feet in elevation.

The Kiang is the largest of the wild asses, with an average shoulder height of 55 inches. It has a large head, with a blunt muzzle and a convex nose. The mane is upright and relatively short. The coat is a rich chestnut color, darker brown in winter and a sleek reddish brown in late summer, molting its woolly fur. The summer coat is 0.6 inches long and the winter coat is double the length. The legs, undersides and ventral part of the nape, and end of the muzzle are all white. A broad, dark chocolate-colored dorsal stripe extends from the mane to the end of the tail, which ends in a tuft of blackish brown hairs.

The only real predator other than humans is the wolf. Kiangs defend themselves by forming a circle and, with heads down kick out violently. As a result wolves usually attack single animals who have strayed from the group.

Kiang


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