The urial is a sheep
native to southern
and central Asia
. It's kind of ugly
. Closely related to both the bighorn
and domestic sheep
found in the US
. Most modern breeds of sheep are thought to have descended primarily from the urial or the mouflon
The urial is listed as "vulnerable" in terms of endangeredness in Tajikistan.
Many subspecies of urial sheep are becoming rare on the open range due to agricultural encroachment and unregulated hunting. Attempts are bing made to establish a breeding population.
Adult urial sheep stand approximately 2-3’ at the shoulder and weigh 100 – 130 lbs. Color varies from creamy white to dark gray and brown!!! Some male possess a fringe of long hair down the front of the neck.
Exciting! Wouldn't you like to send one to your mom?