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The big five animals of Greece!

The pony of Skyros is one of the smallest horses on earth. People used it, and some still do, for agricultural work. Locals and others say that these ponies are considered descendants of horses carrying Achilles in Troy! And, if you take a closer look, you will see them in the frieze of the Parthenon.
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The ibex or Kri-Kri or Cretan goat is only found in Crete and the nearby islands. These are wild goats with long, thick ridged horns and a beard that live in the mountains. Using their strong hooves, they are able to jump and climb anywhere without any problem. Kri-Kri’s (the locals love this name), first appear in the Minoan era. In a more recent part of our history, they were the only source of meat for the rebels fighting against the Nazis.
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The Aegean cat is a unique, native Greek cat which first appeared in the Cyclades. We meet this cute animal all over the islands and the cities, where the house owners use them as main predators of mice and snakes. Locals love them and you will love them, too. Please have your camera ready to get some nice pictures of the Aegean cats lying on the windowsill in summer indolence.
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Greece has the honor of hosting the final population of the black vulture in Southeast Europe. This big bird’s wingspan can sometimes reach the three meters!
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The aigaioglaros is the gull of the Aegean Sea. It remains rare and it lives exclusively in the Mediterranean. Aigaioglaros length reaches up to half a meter with a wings opening up over a meter.

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