Posts tagged ‘Large Animal’

Are buffalo and a bison the same?

American Bison

No.  the true buffalo belongs to Africa and Asia.  It has neither the bison’s hump over its shoulders nor the bison’s long hair.

People often call the American bison “buffaloes,” but bison are not true buffaloes.  American bison are more closely related to the wisent or European bison.

True buffaloes are animals such as the water buffalo, common to Asia as a valuable work animal or the fieres African cape buffalo, seldom if ever tamed.  They do not have the big humped shoulders and shaggy hair of the bison.

Bisons are large, ox-like animals.  A big male bison may be six-feet tall at the shoulder and weight more than a ton, Long, coarse hair covers the bison’s head and shoulders.

At one time, enormous herd of bison roamed the western prairies of North America.  The Indians of the plains depended upon them for food and clothing.  But as the West was settled, nearly all the bison were killed.

Today, only a few thousands bison remain, mostly in protected places where they can live in safety. – Dick Rogers

 

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How did the white rhinoceros get its name?

Rhinoceros

Rhinoceroses are large animals that have one or two upright horns above the nose.

African species are popularly known as white rhinoceroses and black rhinoceroses, although neither is white nor black, but almost the same gray color.

The name “white” is a corruption of “wyt,” the Afrikaan word for “wide,” referring to the animal’s wide lips.

Among other differences, the white and black rhinoceroses have differently shaped mouths.

More properly called a “square-lipped” rhinoceros, the white rhino is a grazer.  It mows the grass much like a cow,  seizing the grass with its wide lips and tearing it off.

The black rhino is the one most lip which comes to a point and is sometimes called a “hook-lipped” rhinoceros.

Unlike the white, the black rhino is a browser.  It feeds on vegetation by grasping the leaves and twigs with the flexible upper lip. – Dick Rogers