Some of you may have noticed that many of the Koniks in our recent series of photos have very short tails. The culprit it seems, is not the water-bogged habitat they live in, or at least not totally, it is that some foals are HAIR-BIVORES instead of herbivores. Thanks to Dr. Machteld van Dierendonck, for pointing this behaviour out.
This hair-bivory is also known as Pilophagia which is characterized by the licking and eating of hair and body coat. Below are some images taken during a visit to the Konik ponies at the Oostvaardenplasser reserve.
In the images below a foal chews and licks the tail hairs of a stallion.
We hope you enjoy the images!