Animals of the world, Bison

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  • Either of two species of oxlike grazing mammals; The American bison and the European bison. The American bison lives in the Great Planes,  The European bison lives in woodlands and is slightly larger and longer-legged than the American bison, but is less heavily built
  •  Both species were hunted close to extinction during the 19th and 20th centuries, but have since rebounded
  • The coarse, shaggy fur is dark brown in colour.
  • Bison have poor eyesight but acute hearing and an excellent sense of smell
  • A mature bull stands about 2 meters (6.5 feet) at the shoulder
  • Both bison sexes bear short, upcurved horns, those of the cow being smaller
  • They feed on plains grasses, herbs, shrubs, and twigs.
  • Known for roaming great distances, bison move continuously as they eat
  • Wallowing is a common behaviour of bison. A bison wallow is a shallow depression in the soil, either wet or dry
  • Bison can run up to 65 km (40 miles) per hour
  • Bison temperament is often unpredictable
  • Due to their size, bison have few predators;  the grey wolf, brown bear, and coyote.
  • Their lifespan is around 30 years.

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