A TRULY WILD THING
How do you say Przewalski's horse? It's quite a tongue twister for most Americans! It is pronounced either "sheh-VAL-skee" or "per-zhuh-VAL-skee" or even "PREZ-val-skee," depending on the speaker. It is also known as the Asiatic wild horse, or Mongolian wild horse. No matter what you call it, the Przewalski's horse is the closest living relative of the domestic horse.
Yet the Przewalski's horse is stocky and short and pot-bellied in comparison with its domestic and wild cousins, with a spiky mane like a zebra. Coats vary in coloration, but all Przewalski's horse have light bellies and darker backs, with a long, dark stripe on the back from the withers to the base of the tail. Unlike their horsey cousins, though, they don't have the lock of hair on the forehead, their pony-like head is rectangular and large in comparison with the rest of the body, and the ears are darkly rimmed. Cave paintings found in Spain and France that are over 30,000 years old depict a stocky wild horse with Przewalski's horse features.