The Kiang and Ghor Khar are common names of the two fascinating wild asses found in India. Consider the following statements with this reference:
1. While Kiang is the Tibetan Wild Ass, Ghor Khar is Indian Wild Ass found in Gujarat
2. Kiang is the largest of the all African and Asiatic wild asses
3. Ghor Khar is one of the fastest of Indian animals
Which among the above statements is / are correct?
Kiang: Ladakh (Equus hemionus kiang)
The Kiang or Tibetan Wild Ass is the largest of the all African and Asiatic wild asses. Its coat is reddish in summer to dark brown in winter with almost white under parts. Kiang is considered closer to a horse than ass due to its short ears, large tail tuft and broad hooves. Like all wild asses, Kiangs have short upright mane and a dark stripe along the back extending from nape to tail. The habitat of the Kiang extends from Tibet, some regions in China to east Ladakh and north Sikkim in India. Kiang is 3n agile animal and can run long distances at a speed of more than 50 kms per hour. Kiangs live in herds and feed upon sparsely growing sturdy grasses.
Ghor Khar: Kutch (Equus hemionus khur):
The Indian Wild Ass, also called Ghor Khar, is found predominantly in the Little Rann of Kutch and its surrounding areas in Gujarat. Saline deserts (Rann), arid grasslands and shrub lands are its preferred environment. The coat of the animal is usually sandy and may vary from reddish grey, fawn, to pale chestnut. It possesses an erect, dark mane which runs from the back of the head and along the neck followed by a dark brown stripes running along the back, to the root of the tail. It feeds on grass, leaves and fruits of plant, crop and saline vegetation. It is one of the fastest if Indian animals and can easily outrun a motorized vehicle.
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