What’s a Muskox? Check out these pre-historic animals that roam in the far north

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Muskox (Ovibos moschatus) are native to Alaska though the entire Alaskan population was wiped out

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as a result of hunting in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  They were re-introduced to Alaska in the mid 1930’s from populations in Greenland. Their name is derived from the musky smell omitted by males to attract female breeding partners. Breeding generally takes place between July and October. Bull muskox stand 5′ tall at the shoulder and average 600-800lbs in weight while females stand 4′ at the shoulder and weigh in at 400-500lbs. Muskox are bovids and like common cattle have a chambered digestive system called a rumen.  When I was a boy I was told cows, for instance,  had a four chambered stomach but it works a bit differently than a human stomach.  The rumen essentially ferments the often carbohydrate rich and protein deficient vegetation consumed by muskox in order…

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