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Musk ox

(Ovibos moschatus) The musk ox is the last of the big prehistoric animals. They used to live with mammoths and woolly rhinos during the last Ice Age - even in our country. The mammoth and the woolly rhino became extinct ages ago, but the musk ox still lives in the barren and cold tundra areas. The musk ox died out in Scandinavia 3 000 years ago. In the summer of 1971, though, a handful of musk oxen wandered from Norway into the Province of Härjedalen. In the mid-1980s there were about 35 animals. Its only natural enemy is the wolf. The grown-ups forms a tight ring (with their horns pointed outwards) around their calves when wolves attack. It is extremely difficult for the wolves to get past this "living wall" and kill the calves.

Order:Even-toed ungulates (Artiodactyla)
Family:Hollow-horned animals (Bovidae)
Weight:225-400 kilos (bulls are very much heavier than cows)
Life spanMore than 20 years
Mating period:July-August
Gestation period:7 - 9 months

Are born in April-May