Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Animals under protection - European Bison

The Polish Post issued a stamp set series feature the European Bison (Bison bonasus) on December 4th, 1996. The stamp set was designed by  J.Wysocki and composed of 4 stamps with same value.


The European bison  or Bison bonasus , is a species of Eurasian bison.The European bison  is the heaviest surviving land animal in Europe. A typical European bison  is about 2.8 to 3 m  long and 1.8 to 2.2 m tall, and weighs 300 to 920 kg .It is typically lighter than the related American Bison (Bison bison), and has shorter hair on the neck, head and forequarters, but longer tail and horns.

Wisent , also called for the European Bison,  were once hunted to extinction in the wild, but they have since been reintroduced from captivity into several countries in Eastern Europe. They are now forest-dwelling.

Although superficially similar, there are a number of physical and behavioural differences between the wisent and the American bison. The Wisent has 14 pairs of ribs, while the American Bison has 15.Adult wisents are taller than American bison, and have longer legs.The body of the wisent is less hairy, though its tail is hairier than that of the American species. The horns of the wisent point forward through the plane of their faces, making them more adept at fighting through the interlocking of horns in the same manner as domestic cattle, unlike the American bison, which favours charging.European bison are less tameable than their American cousins, and breed with domestic cattle less readily.

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