The American Bison

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The American Bison

In the United States, we really do not have any buffaloes. The species that we have is the American bison.  It is not related to the water buffalo or the African buffalo. Those are the only real buffaloes. Our bison is a relative of the cow and goat family. The females are smaller than the males, but both have a very large head, shaggy beard and curvy small horns, along with large hooves. Bison eat plants making them herbivores.  They can be seen eating grass in the morning and night while they sleep during most of the day.  They have to have plenty of water to drink.  Usually other animals do not bother them because of how huge they are.  Sometimes the babies or the very old bison are attacked by bears, wolves, or mountain lions.  Most of the bison are now on national park protected land.

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Herbivore : an animal that feeds on plants

Bison : a humpbacked shaggy-haired wild ox native to North America and Europe.

Buffalo : a heavily built wild ox with backswept horns, found mainly in the Old World tropics.

Shaggy : (of hair or fur) long, thick, and unkempt

Bother : take the trouble to do something

Cow : a fully grown female animal of a domesticated breed of ox, kept to produce milk or beef

Relative : considered in relation or in proportion to something else

Plenty : a large or sufficient amount or quantity; more than enough

Species : a group of living organisms consisting of similar individuals capable of exchanging genes or interbreeding. The species is the principal natural taxonomic unit, ranking below a genus and denoted by a Latin binomial, e.g. Homo sapiens.

Protect : keep safe from harm or injury

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