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on June 16, 2008

The yak has blackish brown hair that covers the entire body and tail. It also has large, curving horns.

Yak

Design

The yak is designed with large lungs, a high red-blood cell count, and a high concentration of blood sugar. These features enable the yak able to survive in higher elevations. Many mountain-dwelling humans use the yak as a beast of burden since it can survive in such a demanding habitat.

Features

  • The yak has blackish brown hair that covers the entire body and tail. It also has large, curving horns.
  • The domesticated yak is considerably smaller and more varied in color than its wild relatives.

Fun Facts

  • Despite its large size, a yak would rather run from a fight. However, it will charge if it feels sufficiently threatened.
  • The yak has been domesticated for its fur, strength, and milk.
  • The yak can live at elevations as high as 20,000 ft (6,100 m).

Created Kind Members

Antelope, wildebeest, gazelle

CLASS: Mammalia (mammals)

ORDER: Artiodactyla (even-toed hooves)

FAMILY: Bovidae (antelope, cattle, gazelle, sheep, goats, and relatives)

GENUS/SPECIES: Bos grunniens

Size: Average: 6.5 ft (2 m)

Weight: Average: 1,430 lbs (650 kg)

Original Diet: Plants

Present Diet: Plants

Habitat: High mountain tundra of Asia

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