Scientific name: Ovis aries orientalis
Other common names: Corsican Mouflon; Mediterranean Mouflon; European Mouflon; Musimon; Musmon; Sardinian Mouflon
The Mouflon is a wild sheep which is native to central Europe and Asia, and which is believed to be one of the ancestors of all domestic sheep. Five subspecies of Mouflon have been identified, and include the European Mouflon and the Cypriot Mouflon.
In the early 1900's Mouflon were crossbred to different breeds of domesticated wool sheep, and created breeds such as the Painted Desert Sheep, Texas Dall Sheep, Black Hawaiian Sheep, and American Blackbelly Sheep. Since the 1980's, Mouflon have been introduced to North America and Hawaii as game for hunting.
Appearance / health:
The size and coloration of Mouflon vary depending on the subspecies, but in general these wild sheep have a reddish-brown coat with a dark stripe which extends along their back. Male Mouflon have dramatic, curved horns. Females can be either horned or polled. Mouflon stand around 0.9 meters in height and weigh 50 kg (males) and 35 kg (females).
With their thick, prominent horns mouflon sheep make quite an interesting sight. It's mainly the rams that grow horns, although some females do have small horns.
In captivitiy the mouflon sheep's livespan is about 15 years.
While sheep can generally make good pets, I wouldn't necessarily recommend mouflons for this purpose. While they are quite an impressive sight, they also tend to be rather shy. They are wild animals and as such not as easy to handle as domesticated sheep, so I'd recommend mouflons only to professional breeders..
From Ann5 Jul 6 2013 3:35AM