Truly 'wild' horse born at Denver Zoo

4:32 PM, May 31, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER - The Denver Zoo welcomed an endangered horse foal to the world on Friday.

The Przewalski's horse foal is the first of its species born at the zoo in more than 20 years.

Under the watchful eye of its mother, Yisun, the little foal is busy exploring its new home. Visitors can watch the unnamed foal, whose gender is still not known, get settled into its new surrounds.

The Przewalski's horses are considered the only remaining, truly "wild" horse in the world and may be the closest living wild relative of the domesticated horse, according to the zoo.

Przewalski's horses, also known as Mongolian wild horses or Asiatic wild horses, at one time roamed throughout Europe and Asia.

Now they are only found on reserves in Mongolia, China and in zoos.

The zoo says the species was actually extinct in the wild for almost 30 years, before reintroduction projects began in the early 1990s.

Przewalski's horses, faced a number of threats that may have led to their extinction, including hunting, military activities and competition with livestock for resources.

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