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The Musk Ox
The musk ox belongs to the sheathed horn family (goat family) in the order of even-toed ungulates, weighing between 225 to 400 kilos, and can run at a top speed of 60km per hour.


The Musk ox has a coat that has a deep brown color with a light patch on the nose and behind the shoulders. The horn is flat and broad and close to the skull with curved tips. The neck and legs are very short and stocky. The Musk Ox has very short tails sometimes mistook as part of the coat.



The mating season is between July and September and the calves are born about 9 months later during April - May.


During the summer they live in small herds of 10 to 12 animals. The bulls are usually solitary animals and live alone, away from the herd. During the winter the number of animals in a herd increases.


In the winter they feed on lichen, berry bushes, grass and moss which are found in small patches in the snow. During the summer the musk ox migrates to the birch forests of the high mountains or the nearby forests and eat willow, birch, and assorted herbs.


The Musk Ox can withstand brutal cold temperatures (down to -50 degrees C) due to their long, thick wool. They do not shed this wool, but do shed their thick carpet of under wool or bottom wool in May - June. This is the world's most valuable wool.  A half kilo of this wool spun into a 40 fiber thread will make enough yarn to stretch for 40 km!



The species of Musk Ox have been dramatically reduced in recent years globally, but in Dovrefjell National Park they have actually greatly increased in numbers causing debate over whether to reduce the size of herds by allowing hunting. It was then decided that hunting should still not be allowed for now.

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