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Seven Przewalski’s horses, the only truly wild species of the animal in the world, flown to central Asian country from zoos in Europe

A group of the world’s last wild horses have returned to their native Kazakhstan after an absence of about 200 years. The seven horses, four mares from Berlin and a stallion and two other mares from Prague, were flown to the central Asian country on a Czech air force transport plane.

The wild horses, known as Przewalski’s horses, once roamed the vast steppe grasslands of central Asia, where horses are believed to have been first domesticated about 5,500 years ago.

People are known to have been riding and milking horses in northern Kazakhstan nearly 2,000 years before the first records of domestication in Europe. Human activity, including hunting the animals for their meat, as well as road building, which fragmented their population, drove the horses close to extinction in the 1960s.

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[–] [email protected] 10 points 1 week ago (3 children)

People are known to have been riding and milking horses in northern Kazakhstan nearly 2,000 years

TIL people milk horses

[–] [email protected] 3 points 1 week ago

Greg would.

[–] [email protected] 5 points 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago)

i mean think like camels. the only reason why other regions dont do it as much is because they either dont have a history of dairy, or they lack some bovine species to milk as bovines produce more milk (not saying horses dont produce a good chunk of milk, just not as much as cows, bison, yaks and such)

[–] [email protected] 4 points 1 week ago

Great success!

[–] [email protected] 9 points 1 week ago

That's a picture of a unicorn. Gotta wake up pretty early in the morning to get one over on me, internet.

[–] [email protected] 5 points 1 week ago

What did they do in those 200 years' absence, you ask?

They've been unsuccessfully trying to drag Mick Jagger away.

[–] [email protected] 22 points 1 week ago (3 children)

Why are the horses so cute?

[–] [email protected] 8 points 1 week ago

Big head-to-body ratio = juvenile features = cute.

[–] [email protected] 8 points 1 week ago

I honestly find them kind of unnerving. I just don't know how to read a horse's body language like I do a dog or a cat. Also, the black eyes kind of creep me out.

I can appreciate the beauty of a horse from an objective aesthetic perspective, but they just aren't cute to me.

Now goats...

[–] [email protected] 27 points 1 week ago (2 children)

Because they look closer to donkeys and donkeys are way cuter than horses

[–] [email protected] 18 points 1 week ago

Nice to see a fellow assman.

[–] [email protected] 6 points 1 week ago

It also helps when the ears are angled in a way that makes it look like a unicorn.

[–] [email protected] 7 points 1 week ago

This is the best summary I could come up with:


A group of the world’s last wild horses have returned to their native Kazakhstan after an absence of about 200 years.

People are known to have been riding and milking horses in northern Kazakhstan nearly 2,000 years before the first records of domestication in Europe.

Human activity, including hunting the animals for their meat, as well as road building, which fragmented their population, drove the horses close to extinction in the 1960s.

Filip Mašek, Prague zoo’s spokesperson, said: “These are the only remaining wild horses in the world.

“For me”, he said, “the goal of a modern zoo is not just about protecting and breeding endangered species, it is about returning them to the wild where they belong.”

Prague zoo’s director, Miroslav Bobek, said the horses’ arrival was “almost a miracle”, given the relatively short preparation for the relocation and unexpected floods in central Kazakhstan last month.


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