Roy's Postcards: 1984/02/04

Inscription:

Daddy and I went to the Natural History Museum. We saw Triceratops, goats, reindeers, books, butterflies. I had a good time.

Postcard back:

WHITE or DALL SHEEP
Ovis dalli

Scene: Skolai Pass in Wrangell Mountains, southeast Alaska.
Range: Timberline of rocky, precipitous mountains, Alaska & Yukon.
Food: Principally grasses; also sedges, willow and small shrubs.
General Information: Unlike domestic sheep, they have hairy (not wooly) coats. Massive horns of males used principally for fighting other males during breeding season; October and November. Sheep's hoofs are sharp-edged with a soft, concave sole, making them sure-footed mountain climbers. Lambs (usually one) are born in June.

Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History.

Leonard's comments:

I like the way kids mix together categories that for adults are in completely different taxonomies.

See also: lacmnh



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