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February 2, 2011 9:11 AM   Subscribe

Interesting that the Xhosa cattle feed at night and spend their days chewing their cud on the beach.
posted by puny human at 9:30 AM on February 2, 2011 [1 favorite]

Daaaaamn, those are some lean dogs.
posted by Xoebe at 10:22 AM on February 2, 2011

Those are some beautiful photographs. I wonder what his process is.
posted by lumpenprole at 10:50 AM on February 2, 2011

Trivia: Africa as a continent only has 6 or 7 native breeds of dogs, most of them bred recently by European settlers. Apparently native Africans don't (historically) breed dogs, which I find strange, perhaps someone has evidence to the contrary.
posted by stbalbach at 2:14 PM on February 2, 2011

The Persian Sheep are weird looking, are they on steriods?
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 6:00 PM on February 2, 2011

from the wiki, it seems that they are a breed of "fat-tailed sheep," raised for their meat and not their wool.

"The earliest record of this sheep variety is found in ancient Uruk (3000 BC) and Ur (2400 BC) on stone vessels and mosaics. Another early reference is found in the Bible (Leviticus 3:9), where a sacrificial offering is described which includes the tail fat of sheep.
Sheep were specifically bred for the unique quality of the fat stored in the tail area and the fat (called allyah) was used extensively in medieval Arab and Persian cookery. The tail fat is still used in modern cookery, though there has been a reported decline, with other types of fat and oils having increased in popularity."
posted by puny human at 6:24 PM on February 2, 2011

Stbalbach, I looked up the wiki for the Africanis dog and it had this info -- "There is ample evidence that no canine domestication took place in Africa and that the traditional African dog is a descendant of dogs that had been domesticated in the East and came to Africa. Their earliest presence has been established in Egypt and dated at 4700 BC. Archaeological records show that, from then on, the dog spread rapidly along the Nile into Sudan and even beyond. At the same time, migrations, trade, and transhumance took it deep into the Sahara. By 2000 BC, this moving frontier stopped for a long period. Meanwhile, throughout the Egyptian dynasties, the breeding of swift and slender hounds together with a variety of common dogs became very popular."

So I guess that is where your claim falls to the ground ;)

They really are beautiful dogs, kind of a cross between an Afghan and a Greyhound. They look fast even standing still.
posted by puny human at 7:07 PM on February 2, 2011

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