MUSK OX IMAGES
Norway. Early evening. My wish was granted. The storm has hit us hard. There were winds up to 55 miles an hour and snow felt like needles piercing my face. I was thrilled; I got the opportunity to show how wildlife survives under extreme conditions in this case Musk Oxen.
One of the amazing things I noticed was that just before the storm; the oxen were fighting; ramming into each other. However, as soon as the storm hit they huddled together as a unit. And together they shielded one another from the storm. It was amazing to see how animals know the value of a team.
Sometimes, even animals can teach us a valuable lesson. I certainly learned mine.
MUSK OX IMAGES
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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