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Muskox, Toronto Zoo, Ontario, Canada  07

Muskox, Toronto Zoo, Ontario, Canada 07

Description : The muskox is thought to have crossed the Bering Strait to Canada 90 000 years ago.

It lifts and drops its massive head to break the snow crust when it becomes too hard to paw through engages in elaborate head-butting clashes to determine dominance and possession of a herd.
Its ability to function normally in temperatures of -40C in high winds and blowing snow, in large measure, to its amazing coat. The coat has both a woolly layer and a hairy layer. The insulating woolly layer is next to the skin. The wool, or qiviut, is stronger than sheep,s wool, eight times warmer, and finer than cashmere. The coarser hairy layer that covers and protects the wool grows to be the longest hair of any mammal in North America. The Inuit name for muskox is omingmak, the animal with skin like a beard.

It has been under Canadian government protection since 1917.

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