Today I want to write about a really muscular animal, the muskox.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These huge animals can grow up to 2.3 metres long and weigh up to 650 kg. Males are larger than females.
- They get their name from the musky, stinky smell that the males produce during breeding season. The males use their massive horns to fight with each other during breeding season. They run at each other at full speed and smash into each other, making a noise that can be heard over a mile away.
- Muskox live in small groups of about 10-20 animals. When being attacked by predators such as wolves or grizzly bears, they place their young in the middle and surround them with their horns facing the predators.
- They have very thick, long hair which keeps them warm in the very cold climate where they live. They are sometimes kept in farms for their wool and meat.
- Muskox are found in northern Canada and Greenland. They have also been successfully reintroduced to Sweden, Norway, Siberia and Alaska and they are reasonably common now throughout their range.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about muskox?