MOUFLON

(Ovis amon)

MOUFLON

Distribution:

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The mouflon lived in Romania in the past but it disappeared in the Middle Ages. After many attempts of acclimatization, it was first re-introduced in the center of Muntenia, in Dobruja, Argeş county, Alba County.

CHARACTERISTICS
The general aspect of the mouflon is similar to that of the ram. The male has curved, strong and ringed horns. The horns grow in spiral together with their age being able to reach the length of 90 cm. Females rarely wear horn, but they are smaller having a length of 10-12 cm.

BEHAVIOR
The mouflon has good senses as well as surprising agility and sharpness for those who can be deceived by his apparently heavy aspect. It can jump 2 m in height and 3-4 m in length.

DIET
The mouflon eats vegetarian food consisting of forest herbs, offshoots, leaves. Sometimes, it enters the crops if they are too close to their specific spreading area.
It drinks and grazes during the evening and night.

REPRODUCTION
The mating takes place in October – November and, after 22 weeks, the wild sheep retires alone in hidden places and gives birth to one or, rarely, to two lambs. After a few days, together with the lamb, it rejoins the herd. 

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