An ox looks like a small bison with a long coat and a large head, and it has curved horns and sharp hooves. Their long warm hair and strong muscles are ideal for the tundra and mountainous terrain that oxen usually call home.Continue Reading
Musk ox are members of the cattle family, although they are not closely related to typical cattle. They are more closely related to bison, but they live in more northern areas than bison and are typically found in the northern parts of Canada and in Greenland. They stand around 4 feet at the shoulders, although their large heads can make them appear much taller. At around 6 feet in length, the hair of the musk ox is the longest of any mammal. Most musk oxen have dark brown or black hair.
The musk ox is a community living mammal. They can live in herds of 10 to 100, depending on the season. The majority of the herd works to protect the young when there are predators, such as hunters and wolves. Their sharp hooves are generally not used for protection but for traction when traversing hilly areas. Their sharp hooves help them walk on ice and on hills.Learn more about Barnyard Mammals
Horses adapt to their environments by developing helpful physical characteristics, such as long, broad teeth for chewing flat leaves, long ears sensitive to detecting subtle sounds, and sturdy hooves and fast legs which help horses run from danger. Modern horses come in seven distinct species and classify into many different breeds. Some physical features vary among breeds, such as weight, height and color patterns, but all horses bear the common characteristics of four legs, a barrel-shaped body, long neck, tail and fur-covered coat.Full Answer >
To identify Jersey cattle, look for the light brown color, the black nose and white muzzle, the hard black hooves, and the relatively small size. Although each of these characteristics individually may belong to another breed of cattle, all of them together provide a nearly certain identification of a Jersey.Full Answer >
An ox is a working animal, while a cow is kept for food and breeding. Both cows and oxen are considered cattle or bovines.Full Answer >
Oxtail is the tail of an ox or of a steer and can be used when making stews or soups. The tail is skinned before it is able to be used as an ingredient and is generally considered a tough meat.Full Answer >