Posts tagged ‘Mexico’

Where did wild mustangs come from?

Wild mustangs descended from the Spanish horses brought to Mexico by the early Spanish explorers.

A mustang is a small, hardy wild horse that once roamed the American southwest in large herds.  It got its name from the Spanish word “mestenos,” meaning “ownerless horses.”

Mustang

Many people think that there were wild horses in America when Columbus fist landed.  They are wrong.

The Indians had never seen horses until the early Spanish explorers brought them to Mexico.  Some escaped and ran wild.

They lived in large herds – usually several dozen mares with their young colts.  The herd was headed by an old station, or male mustang.

The young male mustangs were driven out by the old stallion.  But sometimes one came back after he had grown up, defeated the old stallion and took the leader’s place.

The Indians were the first to capture and tame the wild mustangs.

The swift mustangs also made excellent saddle horses for cowboys, cavalrymen and pony express riders.  Cowboys often called mustangs “broncos,” which is another Spanish word, meaning “wild.” – Dick Rogers

What are fur seals?

Fur Seal

Everyone recognizes a seal as a sleek sea animal with webbed, paddle-like limbs called flippers.

Fur seals are seals that have thick coats of silky fur, such as the northern fur seal.  Northern fur seals are big.

A large bull (male) may be six feet long and weigh 500 pounds or more.

Like most kinds of seals, fur seals live in the ocean.   Seal makes its home mostly on the small islands in the Bering Sea.

In autumn the seals leave these islands and swim south, almost to the northern border of Mexico, and then return the following spring.

During the entire 5,000-mile round trip, the seals never come ashore unless injured or sick.

At one time so many fur seals were killed for their valuable fur that there was danger none would be left.  Today, the number of seals has increased because of careful management of seal hunting. – Dick Rogers

 

 

 

What is a roadrunner?

Road Runner

The roadrunner is a curious bird that lives in the deserts of the southwestern United States and Mexico.

It is a slender, brown bird nearly two feet long, about half of which is tail, and has long legs.

As its name tells, the roadrunner prefers to travel by running along the ground and by fast, gliding jumps at speed clocked at 15 miles per hour.

It enjoys racing down a road in front of travelers and presents a comical sight as it sprints along with wings outspread, neck stretched forward and its long tail jerking up and down.  People on foot cannot hope to get ahead of it.

When it tires, the bird abruptly turns aside and disappears in a clump of bushes.

Nicknamed the “snake-killer,” it is more than a match for a rattlesnake.  Its diet includes lizards, mice and insects.  – Dick Rogers