Kiang -- the Wild Ass of Ladakh
Kiang ( Equus kiang) is the largest of the wild asses. Native to the Tibetan plateau, they are seen in Tibet, Ladakh region of the Indian State of Jammu & Kashmir and some parts of Nepal. During my recent trip to Ladakh, I’ve seen two or three herds of this magnificent animals on the way to Pangong lake at an altitude of fourteen to fifteen thousand feet.
These are a large animal, with a body length of about 7 feet & shoulder height of 4 ½ feet. They weigh on the average 250 to 400 kilograms. They have a luxuriant dark brown coat with a dark mane. The legs, belly & inner aspect of external ears are white. The tail is long, with a tuft of dark hairs.
They live together in herds of up to 200 animals, usually lead by an old female. Males are generally solitary, except in the breeding season of July-August.
It is a really grand sight to look at a herd of these beautiful animals in the background of the stark mountains .
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