Ladakh Urial (aka: Iranian Red Sheep)
(Silvertine's Signature Species " Ladakh Urial")
WHAT IS AN LADAKH URIAL (aka: IRANIAN RED SHEEP) TECHNICALLY?
They are a native wild species of Urial sheep that are occur naturally in Ladakh and Northern Pakistan in the Alborz mountains and the Kavir desert of north-central Iran, in one of those Transition zones I spoke of earlier. The Ladakh Urial is a hybrid between the Armenian Mouflon and the Transcaspian Urial. As a hybrid, its characteristics will vary. Saddle patch may be present or not and a prominent neck ruff down the chest made up of long straight coarse hairs which start at the jaws and terminates abruptly between the forelegs. This ruff is black as it extends down to the sternum but often times they have some grey hairs in the throat region. The horn configuration are variable, and some curve above and behind the neck and some have horns that curve down like the Transcaspian Urial, and horn color can be blonde or dark. General color is light brown, tan or red (hence the name) as this varies with each individual. The Underbelly is white. They are a very colorful sheep, and have a very striking coat pattern with reds, white, blacks, and greys.
In their native habitat they prefer open rough, undulating terrain. Red sheep are good climbers that spend much of their time in native habitats navigating hillsides, cliffs and rocky terrain. In the summer, older males are solitary or hang out in small bachelor groups. Wary behaviour makes them skittish and run at any sense of danger, regardless of distance.
The Rut from November to December. Females give birth to 1 or 2 young after a 5 month gestation period. Most births take place in April and May, and they can live up to 18 years
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