Norway. Early evening. The Storm wouldn’t let up. All of the Musk Oxen just stood, still facing the storm; they were on top of the mountain and had nowhere to go. The Musk Ox you see in this photograph was the biggest; I believe he was the leader. He moved himself to the right (winds were blowing from right to left). Once he was the last one on the right, he sat down. Soon they all sat down after him in a row. Within 15 minutes he was covered in snow and had become a shield for the others, taking on the winds and snow, so they didn’t have to as much. He didn’t move an inch; soon, I nearly lost sight of him as he got covered with snow.
He was doing his responsibility of protecting his herd, with no care of the harm that could come to him. A real leader worries about himself last.
Male and also female musk oxen have long curved horns. Musk oxen stand 4 to 5 ft high. They have a small tail which is concealed under a layer of fur. Adults, on average 630 pounds. The thick coat and large head suggest a larger animal than the muskox truly is. Their coat, a mix of dark/ greyish brown, includes long guard hairs that almost reach the ground. Musk oxen are occasionally domesticated for wool, meat, and also milk.They mark their trails with preorbital glands. A musk ox can reach speeds of 37 mph. Their life expectancy is 12–20 years.
Musk oxen live in herds of 12–24 during winter and 8–20 in the summer. Male and also female musk oxen both have separate age-based hierarchies like most wildlife groups. The mature oxen are always dominant over the juveniles. Dominant musk oxen often get access to the best resources and also land. They will displace subordinates from patches of grass during the winter season. Musk oxen bulls assert their dominance in many ways. Bulls are also known to roar, they swing their heads, and also paw the ground. The dominant bulls often treat subordinate bulls like cows. A dominant bull will casually kick subordinates. Subordinate bulls can change their status among herds by charging at the dominant bull.
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