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#75 Arabian Tahr


Cetartiodactyla Week 1

These can live for up to 22 years according to one site. I think that is for in captivity. Another site oddly said that they can live 168 months, rather than saying they can live 14 years. These are the smallest of the 3 tahr species. The largest male is up to about 90 pounds where the Himalayan males can even get up to 310 species, females are smaller. They are related to goats and sheep. It is thought there are fewer than 2500 of them left. Mineral mining and urban development plus other habitat destruction are their biggest threats. They live in mountains of Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Interestingly, some of the Himalayan were introduced to New Zealand and are now considered pests destroying native flora.

I was up until 4:30 this morning working on a project. I can't tell you about it on the off chance that the person it is for might check out my blog. I don't think they do, but I want to be extra careful. Because I'm extra tired, I'm having a harder time typing for one thing. The painting though, I started it out, loved the eye and the muzzle, decided the rest of it was awful, cleaned the canvas off, started over, got almost done and felt the head was a little too big so I sat and glared at it for a little, went and made dinner, came back, decided I had to just run with it even though I do feel like their head is a little large. I am feeling like I'm letting people down the past couple days. I'm going to try and get more sleep tonight, and hopefully tomorrow's painting will be something that I am happier about. I mean, I love his little face and the sort of pantaloons look that they have with their fur on their legs.

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