Another branch of the peccary evolution Makkapite is quite awesome representative of the family. In North America, the territory he repeated evolutionary experiment that nature put in Eurasia and North America in the Tertiary period, and in Eurasia in Neocene. This representative peccary became analogue of minerals and entelodonov Neocenic deynaperov: his diet is much more meat than is typical even for the omnivorous pig. This animal - scavenger and hunter of small animals. Body length Makkapite - about one and a half meters and a height at the withers up to 1 meter.
Although Makkapite lives in dry plains, his head a little bit like the head of a hippopotamus - the eyes are shifted up and raised above the skull bone on small elevations. This animal has a good overview. Also beast large mobile ears like a donkey. Their task - not only hearing but also heat.
Legs makkapite relatively long - thanks to them that the animal can travel long distances, following the herds of herbivores and searching for carrion. Feral bit like a Pleistocene fossil bakers Platygonus. In Makkapite relatively long thin tail with a thick brush of black hair. It is used for communication: picking up the tail, animals inform each other about their whereabouts.
This beast is covered with sparse coarse hair, and for the winter stores of subcutaneous fat layer and grows a thick undercoat. coat color is brown with reddish flanks, head darker. The males in the neck and shoulders grows short standing mane of stiff hair. Cubs differ from adults lighter brownish-gray color with thin vertical stripes on the sides, can mask the grass.
Makkapite is found on the plains of North America herds numbering up to a dozen animals. At the head of the herd is a large male with enormous tusks, which establishes a strict hierarchy. Other individuals - females and cubs and young people who have not reached puberty. Often found on the plains solitary animals - old or too young individuals. Family groups and single individuals makkapite follow herds of grazing animals, but prefer not to attack them. Usually they wait until some predator will attack the flock, and then taken his prey, using the numerical superiority. Singles, particularly young males, are often characterized by aggressiveness and even prevent predators to chase prey. But they can prey, attacking wounded or weakened animals and inflicting wounds fangs.
The female gives birth to one cub once a year. Youngsters born well-developed, to follow her parents an hour after birth. The birth of the cubs in makkapite occurs in the spring, when the produce offspring other inhabitants of the plains, and the mother is easier to find food of animal origin. Up to two years of age, young animals remain in the parental home, but below the dominant male chases them. Females are nailed to the new family and the age of three are bearing offspring. A males have a real opportunity to raise their own family only to four - five years when they reach full physical maturity.