Sunday, November 3, 2013

Creature Feature #19: Anoa

This miniature buffalo lives in the rainforests of Sulawesi and Buton, Indonesia.It only grows to 30 inches at the shoulder, which is 76 cm meaning they are about as tall as a large goat, but are much stockier, weighing up to 300 kg.

Unlike most cattle, they live solitary or in pairs although the females do gather into small herds when they are about to calve. Calves are born covered in a thick fur that thins as they mature (in lowland anoa), showing the skin beneath quite clearly. the mountain anoa remains hairy throughout its life.

Both the male and female have horns.

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