Little Rann of Kutch (LRK) is the only home of Indian onager or ghudkhur (Equus hemionus khur). Once, they were widely spread across the Asian continent. However, now they are only limited to the LRK. LRK has a salt marsh ecosystem. It remains submerged in the water during the months of the monsoon. Once the winter starts, the water level reduces, and slowly LRK becomes a vast desert of sunbaked soil until the end of the summer. Ghudkhurs live here in herds and find a mate. In the picture, a three days ghudkhur baby is clicked with her mother. Soil spots are apparent on the baby's body. Ghudkhurs have a tendency to walk and graze grass. In 1969, their population decreased to only 362. Over the years, the species again flourished with local care and Wild Ass Sanctuary Gujarat. Positively, ghudkhurs' population is recorded 6082 in the 2020 consensus. LRK where this mother and baby ghudkhur roam and flourish!
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