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By B. Collins
This name matters mans touch with the animal global: sacrifice, sacred animals, vitamin, and domestication. Chapters on artwork, literature, faith and animal husbandry exhibit an image of the complicated relationships among the peoples of the traditional close to East and (their) animals.
A reference advisor and key to the menagerie of the traditional close to East, with plentiful unique illustrations.
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C. Arabian Gulf sites such as Umm-an-Nar and Ras Ghanada in the United Arab Emirates (Uerpmann 1987). Such species are quite high on the list of endangered species today, due to deliberate killing by humans, accidental death by entanglement in fishing gear, pollution, and habitat destruction. Caspian seals (Phoca caspicd] are small phocids, or hair seals, growing as long as 140 cm (55 in) and weighing up to 80 kg (175 Ib). Grayish yellow in color with irregular black spotting, they are the only seals inhabiting the Caspian Sea.
Another caprine relative is the Arabian tahr (Hemitmgusjqyakari), which is found only in the coastal ranges of Oman. Perhaps the rarest of goats is the Walia ibex (C. ibex walie), of which only several hundred still exist within the Simen Mountain preserves of north central Ethiopia (Nievergelt 1981). Like most other wild ungulates, all the caprines are pressured by competition from pastoral herds, and their flight response toward precipitous terrain saves them from natural predators but not from the high-powered guns of humans.
Body pores exude an oily pinkish substance called "blood sweat" that protects the skin during long periods underwater or during nightly excursions on land, where they emerge to graze. Dung, frequently evacuated in the water, pro- 1. THE NATIVE FAUNA 15 vides a rich food source for many fishes, which symbiotically clean the hippopotami of exterior parasites, algal growths, or vegetal residues lodged between the teeth. Hippopotami have been hunted for flesh, hide, and ivory, and like their suid cousins, the pigs, they are irascible and highly aggressive when disturbed.
A History of the Animal World in the Ancient Near East by B. Collins