pack animal


Definition of pack animal

: an animal used for carrying packs

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Mules and horses The use of pack animals to carry hikers' gear in and out of the canyon is controversial, to say the least. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Hiking to Havasupai: How far is it, what's Mooney Falls like and everything you need to know," 24 June 2019 Texas coyotes are not the pack animals most imagine them to be, Henke said. Shannon Tompkins,, "Meet the coyote, one of nature’s great tricksters," 13 June 2019 In the past, of course, armies used the low-tech solution of pack animals to move their gear. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Overloaded Soldier: Why U.S. Infantry Now Carry More Weight Than Ever," 26 Dec. 2018 Their wrangler made the heavily laden pack animals run up the Canyon, then tied them to a railing with no water in the trough. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Incident with horse at Havasupai casts shadow on Arizona tourism," 10 May 2018 The service drops off and picks up mail at Hualapai Hilltop at a higher elevation, from where pack animals descend roughly eight miles to the village of Supai. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Incident with horse at Havasupai casts shadow on Arizona tourism," 10 May 2018 As much of the film’s South American scenes concern either a river journey or a jungle slog (complete with pack animals, who Fawcett sometimes sacrificed for food), getting all of the scenes on-camera regularly proved demanding. Donovan Webster, Smithsonian, "How Director James Gray Discovered the Insanity Behind the Search for “The Lost City of Z”," 11 Apr. 2017 This sudden inflation has priced out farmers who rely on donkeys as pack animals, and in some places for food, while the volume of skins sold—80,000 in just nine months in Niger last year, for instance—has raised fears of local donkey extinctions. National Geographic, "Rush for Donkey Skins in China Draws Wildlife Traffickers," 22 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of pack animal

1836, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pack animal

: an animal (such as a horse or donkey) that is used for carrying packs

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