Posts tagged ‘Wild Ox’

What is an aurochs?

The aurochs (pronounced ow roks) is an extinct wild ox that once roamed the forests of Europe.

This enormous, black-colored animal from which our domestic cattle are descended often measured six feet high at the shoulders and had long, forward-curving horns.


Prehistoric men of Europe hunted and ate this giant ox,.

Cave paintings from thousands of years ago record the aurochs hunt.  Later, man learned to keep herds of cattle from meat and milk and herdsmen quickly became more important than hunters.

The last of the true aurochs died in 1627.  But the aurochs left behind such present-day breeds of cattle as the Holstein, Shorthorn and Aberdeen Angus.

Since the extinction of the true aurochs, the name “aurochs” has sometimes been wrongly applied to the only other wild ox of Europe, the European bison, or wisent (a cousin to the American bison), which survived.  Another name for the aurochs is “urus”.  – Dick Rogers


What is a Yak?



The yak is the shaggy-coated wild ox of Asia.  There are not many places that are less pleasant to live in than the high, windswept plateaus of Tibet. The winters are bitterly cold and food is scarce.

Yet this bleak land, in which few other animals can endure, is the home of the yak.  The wild yak may stand over 6 feet high at the shoulders and weigh more than 1,000 pounds.

Its thick, woolly hair may grown so long that it may even drag on the ground.  Its heavy coat is good protection against the cold.

Despite its large size, the yak is as sure-footed as a goat on the sleep mountain-sides.  Some yaks have been tamed.

Tibetan people depend on the yak for their meal, drink their pink milk, weave their long hair into ropes and cloth and use yaks for pack animals. Tamed yaks are sometimes called “grunting oxen” because they grunt when overloaded. – Dick Rogers