A muscular animal with strongly developed fur that roams Asian mountains and bamboo thickets, the Bhutan Takin (Budorcas taxicolor whitei) is considered among Bhutanese people as one of Bhutan’s national symbols due to its own unique and distinct features that resemble a quaint blend between a cow and a goat. Legend has it that in the 15th century, a Tibetan saint, Drukpa Kunley well-known as “Divine Madam” created this unique animal. Native to Bhutan, North Eastern India, Western part of China, and Tibet, the Takin is an extremely rare mammal with a thick neck, four short muscular legs as well as a long shaggy coat, adorned with a dark stripe along the back. It secretes a strong-smelling oil substance covering the entire body. There are four subspecies of the Takin – Bhutan Takin, Golden Takin, Mishmi Takin, and Sichuan Takin.
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