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May 17, 2015 Youth Impact

9 things you didn’t know about Markhor

Browser in the winter

The Markhor will climb trees in search of beneficial leaves and won’t balk if tempted by food high up. Mainly because it is difficult to graze in the cold.

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Grazer in the summer

The Markhor, similar to most other goat species, grazes off herbs and grass when there is plenty available.

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Mar-khor

The exact meaning of the word is quite amusing. Mar means ‘snake’ and Khor means ‘eater’ i.e. ‘Snake eater’. However, the animal is herbivore by nature.

 

Males are solitary

The male Markhors are usually self-contained. Nevertheless, they are seen fighting when the mating season approaches.

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Females are social

The females like to keep surrounded themselves by few others. This helps in keeping the young ones safe and finding food.

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Seed Dispersal

Apart from being unique and rare. The Markhors have a much more important role to play for the eco-system. They carry seeds for many plants, accidental of course, through their dung.

 

Medicine

The Markhor horns are a core ingredient of traditional medicines. According to a study, Markhor horns have fetched up to 1,000 USD per kg in China.

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Territorial

The Markhor families are observed to be possessive as far as their terrain is concerned. This is often characterized by scent marking.

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Usually males are territorial towards other males.

 

Molt in the spring

The Markhors shed their skin in the springs. Yes, they do. They rub their skin on rocks and dry land to give way to new growth.

OTHER SOURCES: BBC NATURE

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