9 Different Animals That Have Hooves


Each hoof has a horseshoe. All of the horse's weight is on one toe, unlike deer or elk. Horses' hooves grow 0.25 inches per month to 3 to 4 inches, so they get a new one every year.


Cows and most cattle have split hooves. A cloven-shaped hoof has two toes. The split hoof offers the surface area needed to support the cow's weight and lets the two portions work independently.


Cloven hooves distinguish pigs. This improves their walk. Pigs with fused hooves can't walk well. Clip your pet pig's hooves or take it to the vet. Injuries and difficulty walking result from overgrown hooves.


Male elk have 4-foot-long antlers. Wild animals have cloven hooves and rounded toes. This hoof form creates heart-shaped footprints.


Deer are swift and good jumpers. Keratin makes their hooves tougher and more crack-resistant than bone. This permits them to run and jump with such force while carrying so much weight.


Rhinoceroses have hooves. 4,000-5,000 lbs. Every foot is emphasised. Their three toes produce a pad that evenly distributes foot pressure. Padded soles absorb impact.


Bison are America's largest mammal. Cattle have two toes. A 2,000-pound, 6-foot bison. Great Plains animals consume sedges, grasses, and berries. Bison hooves aerate the soil, helping plants grow.


Curved goat hooves enhance stability. Their soft sole grips slopes and deforms to accommodate terrain. These animals have a 4-chambered stomach to digest tough food and side-mounted eyes to see behind them.


Zebras are related to horses and have one hoofed toe on each foot. Their robust hooves and powerful, slender hind legs let them outrun predators.

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