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Poephagus grunniens

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Have you ever run away from an animal? This, of course, is not a particularly pleasant and heroic affair, but sometimes it is very necessary. When I was little, I ran away from dogs, gander and goats, and already a little older - from a village bull, well, and even later - from an angry South American ostrich of the breed Nanda, and once from a Pamir yak. ​​I passed my graduate practice as a zoologist in Ukrainian Askania Nova Reserve, which is located in the south. In one of the enclosures in this reserve, an Arabian zebu cow lived. Somehow, a yak who made a big noise in Askania began to visit her often.

I just came from the steppe, jumped off the horse and carried a long whip in my hand. When I saw that the yak was not where it should be, I tried to drive him away, but after a couple of minutes he returned. I tried again, and whipped it with a whip. But the yak still returned. When I went to run him a third time, our roles changed. Yak ran a little bit, then turned around, and moved straight at me. It was immediately clear that he was walking with bad intentions. Then I threw the rod to the ground and ran as hard as I could.

I heard that the yak is catching up with me. If he catches up, he will be trampled to death or crippled for life. I turned sharply to the side, and the bull did not have time to react and ran on, only barely catching the calf of my left leg. Until the yak, realizing that I was not ahead of him, began to turn around, I ran to the high fence and jumped over it with inherent ease. Now I was safe. Wild yaks are Tibetans. The yak is a rather large animal.

Old males are about two meters tall (at the withers), and they weigh about a ton of kilogram. The withers of the yaks are high, takes the form of a hump. These animals have long, sharp horns, but rather thin ones. The most developed sense of smell in them is the sense of smell. Yaks are typical inhabitants of the mountains, however they are perfectly adapted to living on treeless plateaus, but where there are lakes and swamps. Yaks move very well in the mountains, no worse than wild sheep or mountain goats. Speaking about the plain, here the yaks do not run so fast - here any horse can easily catch them. Pamir yaks are artiodactyl animals. They are mammals, are members of the family of bovids, as well as a subfamily of bulls. By the way, this subfamily includes bison, buffalos, bison, as well as South Asian gauras, guayals, and bantens.

A distinctive feature of yaks from other bulls - they are not able to roar and moo, but can only make peculiar grunting sounds, like pigs. In this regard, zoologists have called yaks "grunting bull."

Wild yaks usually live either alone or in small groups of three to five goals. Younger yaks gather in larger herds. The older the bull, the more he loves solitude. Domestic yaks are found in the mountainous regions of the Pamirs, Altai, and also Tibet. Such yaks are smaller in comparison with wild ones. The locals who tamed the yaks use them as both cows, horses, sheep, pigs. Homemade yaks give milk, meat, wool. Milk, which is obtained from yaks, has a very thick consistency, it is rich in protein, fatty.

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