August 31, 2013 at 5:55 am

Picture of the Day: Look at This Baby Muskox

by twistedsifter




A baby Musk Ox just a few weeks old.

Photograph by Randy Kokesch
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In this adorable capture by Randy Kokesch, we see a baby Musk Ox that is a mere few weeks old.

The muskox (Ovibos moschatus) is an Arctic mammal of the family Bovidae, noted for its thick coat and for the strong odor emitted by males, from which its name derives. This musky odor is used to attract females during mating season. Muskoxen primarily live in the Canadian Arctic and Greenland with small introduced populations in Sweden, Siberia, Norway, and Alaska. [Source]

According to National Geographic, female muskox carry their calves during an eight-month pregnancy, but after birth there infants are able to keep up with their mothers and the rest of the herd within a few hours.



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