Przewalski’s Horse

Przewalski's Horse

Przewalski’s horse is a herbivore that feeds on grass, plants, fruit, bark, leaves, and buds and digests plant cellulose in its intestines, rather than the stomach.

Przewalski’s horse is a herbivore, eating grass, plants, and fruit. It sometimes eats bark, leaves, and buds.

Przewalski’s horse is fed hay, grain, alfalfa, and vitamin and mineral supplements in zoos.

All perissodactyls are hindgut fermenters. In contrast to ruminants, hindgut fermenters store digested food that has left the stomach in an enlarged cecum, where the food is digested by bacteria. As an odd-toed ungulate, Przewalski’s horse digests plant cellulose in its intestines rather than in one or more stomach chambers as even-toed ungulates do. No gallbladder is present.


Image | © Cloudtail the Snow Leopard, Some Rights Reserved, (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Sources | (Denver Zoological Foundation, 1997; Luu, 2002; The Wikimedia Foundation, 2021 March)

 

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