Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Mush Ox

Mush Oxen are huge animals with large heads and short legs. They grow to 5 feet tall at the shoulders and weigh up to 900 pounds. Musk oxen have longs dark brown hair that almost touches the ground. Thick woolly fur under the hair keeps them warm and dry. They use their hooves to scratch through the snow to find grass, willows and other plants to eat.

Musk oxen live together on the tundra in herds of 20 to 100. When danger is near, the adult mushk oxen gather in a circle, facing outward. The calves stay in the center of the circle for protection. When the adult oxen lower their heads, showing their enourmous horns, even a pack of wolves will not come near.


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