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In Milovice he was born the year's first foals wild horses. Snow and cold do not mind

Even though night temperatures still below zero and snow covers the steppe, recalled in a book of large ungulates in the former military area Milovice spring into whose arrival is missing more than a month. Pasture near Venice above Jizerou in the past few days, the first two foals were born. Although she came into the world amid the snow plains, they are doing well in the early days. Informs Dalibor Dostal of the Czech landscape.

Colts staff came breeders supervision. "In terms of mating stallions with mares last year, we are expecting the birth of foals every day. We were afraid that foals born just during the big frost, when night temperatures fell to minus eighteen or twenty degrees Celsius. Fortunately foals born during thaw, "said Karel Bendl, Managing Director of urban forests Venice nad Jizerou, which provides a breeding supervision.

According to experts, it is not by chance that the Colts came into the world just during the thaw. "Mares can, in case of inclement weather or other adverse circumstances, to delay childbirth until a fortnight," warned Martin etoložka Komarkova from Charles University.

"The Colts have discovered thanks to my wife who noticed a certain excitement and other energy within the herd. That's why we got closer and saw one foal newborn that still lay, and second, that stood in the middle of the herd. That was stationed to protect him from the wind gusts, "said Karel Bendl.

Although then again it began to freeze and slush turned to ice crust, both foals walking around the pasture with a herd and dropping him over the whole area of ​​about 120 hectares. "Young holds together, along with two foals that are born on the pasture last year. Other members of the herd trying mothers with foals to protect against the weather, "he described the first days of foals Karel Bendl.

Foals are usually born in March. The natural evolution but in this case, the hit man, namely term subsidies from which the project was establishment of a second large ungulates grazing financed. "Due to meet deadlines subsidies could come to the herd stallion with a delay of several months in order births came to the spring months, such as in the case of the first grazing in the neighborhood Milovic," said Dalibor Dostal, director of Czech landscape.

Nature, however, to the future to deal with this shift. "The dates of births in animals should be adjusted gradually and move into the spring months," said Miloslav Jirků from the Biology Centre of the Academy of Sciences.

The former military area is currently in reserve with large ungulates on 160 hectares. Now there on two pastures lives of 30 adult wild horses and seventeen foals, eight adults and one bison bison calf and aurochs six adults and five juveniles aurochs. Reservation according to the original plans had been last year to expand. Due to disputes with the Central Bohemian Region former tenant, however, delayed the process. Now it is therefore a need to catch up on the delay as soon as possible to have a herd with calves grazing and ample space.

Conservation organization in projects related to the return and protection of large ungulates collaborates with experts from the Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, University of South Bohemia in the Czech Budejovice, Charles University in Prague, Institute of Vertebrate Biology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, the Czech Agricultural University in Prague, Mendel University in Brno Masaryk University in Brno and other professional institutions.


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