Muskox shoulder mount – Stuffed Muskox head – Ovibos moschatus
Muskox – Ovibos moschatus
The muskox is a mammal of a particular kind that seems to belong to a species of another time.
Its thick shaggy coat related to a fur is called by the Eskimos, Omingmak itwhich means “animal with fur like the beard”.
Despite its popularized name, Muskox does not belong to the family of cattle.
To deal with possible extinction, recounted in the mid 20th century, a reintroduction was conducted and helps to identify today more than 100.000 individuals.
The Muskox is a colossus over 350 kg for the male, a hundred less for the female. If its drooping fur characterizes, powerful horns are all the major feature of its personality.
Its horns show a formidable force and are central rivalries expressed during the mating season. The males then objected, arguing instead head horde at impressive fights. They run against each other and collide head against head. The power displayed at this time, the increased shock and suffered, is equivalent to that of a car driving at 45 km/h against a wall!
Females give birth to a single pup.
It eats grass and plants it picks scraping snow.
Finally, despite a hostile environment dictated by the arctic cold, but also by human hunting or white wolves attacks, muskox has a life expectancy of 20 to 25 years.