According to the American Museum of Natural History, scientists have unearthed evidence that the Botai people were raising domesticated horses for food in northern Kazakhstan 5,600 years ago. Horse bones were found with chariot artefacts dating around 2,000 BC in Russia and Kazakhstan.Know More
By the end of the last Ice Age, about 10,000 years ago, wild horses became extinct in the American continents and rare in western Europe. Horses continued to exist in eastern Europe and central Asia. Wikipedia states that domesticated horses may have survived because they were kept and cared for by humans.
Horse breeding is thought to have began when horses were first domesticated, but the first people to keep records of bloodlines were the Bedouins who raised Arabian horses. Some modern Andalusian horses have lineages that can be traced back to 14th century Spain where monks kept written records.
The Spaniards brought horses to the Americas when they were exploring and establishing colonies in the 16th century. From that point forward, Native American tribes also began using horses for traveling into new territories, trading with other tribes and hunting.
The domesticated horse is one of three subspecies of Equus ferus. The other living subspecies is the Przewalski's horse, or Mongolian wild horse, which has never been domesticated and lives in central Asia to this day. The third subspecies, the Tarpan, also known as the European wild horse, became extinct in 1909 when the last individual died in captivity in Russia.Learn more in Pets
As of August 2014, it is possible to purchase ferrets online from a variety of local breeders and pet stores throughout the country, including ferret.com and marshallferrets.com. The majority of nationwide chain stores, such as Petco, offer the animals for in-store purchase only.Full Answer >
Hamsters come from various parts of Asia. This includes Siberia, the north of China, the Middle East and Asia Minor. They live in fairly arid habitats but can also be found in gardens, orchards, cropland and elevations as high as 12,000 feet.Full Answer >
As herbivores that lack any serious natural predators, kangaroos participate in very simple food chains composed of themselves, their grass-like food and the scavengers and decomposers that eat them. Humans historically hunted and killed many kangaroos, but they are relatively safe from unarmed predators.Full Answer >
Guinea pigs, or cavies, originated in the northern and western parts of South America. They were originally domesticated about 5,000 B.C.E. and are now found worldwide as pets, laboratory animals and as a source of meat.Full Answer >