Russian Tracker: The Tracker was a large dog, sometimes weighing 100 pounds or more. Despite his massive size, he was fast and flexible enough to chase off wolves and other predators that threatened his sheep. He wore a thick, taffy colored double-coat that protected him from both the harsh weather and the savage wildlife. Aside from his physical prowess, this mountain dog was also blessed with exceptional intellect. He was so wise and capable (legend says) that he could keep himself and his…
Cordoba Fighting Dog This, now extinct, breed is the predecessor to the Dogo Argentino and is a type of Argentinian “pit bull” breed. They were a combination of the Bull Terrier, Mastiff, and Old English Bulldog, and were bred for hunting and fighting. Unfortunately, the breed was so incredibly aggressive and unpredictable, they died out in 1954. http://www.argentinaindependent.com/socialissues/urbanlife/amores-perros-dog-fighting-in-argentina/
About this time of year, horned grebes are settling in the northern lakes of North America, Asia, and Europe. They arrive dressed to attract a mate. Both male and female grebes are sporting flaxen tufts of feathers along the side of their heads. These earlike tufts provide the “horned” description in their name, as the feathers can fluff up into impressive headdresses, but the golden feathers are just as striking when they lay flat.
Bubal Hartebeest (extinct: 1923) The bubal hartebeest once lived freely throughout Egypt, Libya, Northern Africa and Tunisia and was once used for sacrificial purposes. Also considered an excellent food source, they were driven to extinction by hunters. Read more at http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/news-13-recently-extinct-animals?image=3#YfIC1vCFaO9hfBDC.99