By B. Collins
This name matters mans touch with the animal international: sacrifice, sacred animals, vitamin, and domestication. Chapters on paintings, literature, faith and animal husbandry display an image of the complicated relationships among the peoples of the traditional close to East and (their) animals.
A reference advisor and key to the menagerie of the traditional close to East, with abundant unique illustrations.
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Gazella). In contrast to the goitered buck's lyre-like horns with prominently curved tips, both sexes of mountain gazelles possess nearly straight horns. One subspecies (G. g, gazelld) inhabits the mesic highlands of the southern Levant, where a burgeoning modern human population has imposed mounting pressure on foraging territory. A smaller and paler variant of mountain gazelle also inhabits the more xeric areas of Oman (G. g. cord), and at least another five rare gazelle forms find refuge in other parts of the Arabian peninsula.
It eventually shrinks and hardens to a tough resiliency. Antlers function more for display than defense. The enormous output of metabolic energy required to grow them year after year contributes an important visual cue for ranking, which, along with body size, olfactory signals, and other indicators, determines social status and probably reduces the number of fights over access to females. Evenly matched males will become combative, but they tend to lock antlers and muscle each other, letting brute strength determine the victor without much stabbing and serious injury.
Red deer stags grow large antlers with massive beams and six or more tines. Their generally grayish-brown winter coat sloughs off in spring, giving way to a more reddish-brown summer pelage. Red deer are herd-oriented, with stags segregating from hinds and calves for most of the year. During the rut, the herds converge, and dominance hierarchies established among the stags determine which individuals will attract and hold a harem of hinds for mating. After calving in the spring, hinds conceal their newborns while they forage.