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This Kiang Stallion Has a Clever Strategy for Mating Season

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Male kiangs, or Tibetan wild asses, are usually solitary ? but this 15-year-old stallion has given himself an advantage, for when mating season arrives: he forages close to a herd of adult females.

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It's January on the Himalayan plateau, and winter has an icy grip on the landscape. Here, an old stallion faces the toughest year of his life. At 15-years-old, Dorje, a kiang or Tibetan wild ass, is no longer the powerful stallion he once was. Finding enough food to survive the harsh weather can be a struggle. When the snow finally gives way to summer, he faces a new challenge: outwit younger, stronger males in the battle to breed. This may be Dorje's last chance to sire offspring, so he must fight like his life depends on it.

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