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Bulls & Cows Wildlife in India

The Banting

The Banting commonly represents the wild life of Burma. In India, it is found mainly in jungles of Northeast provinces. However, the sighting is only occasional. This animal is smaller than the Gour but nevertheless it is massively built and stands up to 5'6". The shoulder of this ox is even higher. It has sturdiness of limbs and displays the agility and vigour of moments. The horn of this ox is connected to hairless mass of horny substance which is hard skull. The young bulls & cows have cylindrical horns and are bright chestnut with a white face, white stockings and distinctive white patch on the buttocks. The older males are yellowish brown and sometimes turn into solid gray. The Bantings prefer the flat and undulating countries. In hills, they do not ascend to great elevations and keep themselves at lower slops. During monsoon, they take shelter at bamboo forest and survive at younger shoots.

This animal is a great migrant and shifts to new grazing grounds in every different season. The master bulls live the solitary life and come in a group only during mating period. This Banting has got acutely developed sense of hearing, sight and scent.
The range of the wild ox include those found in Burma, Malay peninsula, Borneo and Java.




Gaur

Gaur is one of the most Noble animals of Indian wildlife. It is the largest of all the existing Bovines. Gaurs are huge animals; they can measure 2 meters at the shoulder and can weigh 900 kg. It has striking muscular body, specially on its shoulders which slopes downwards to middle of its back. This animal is embodiment of great vigour & strength. The horns are large & massive. The newly born gaur is of light golden yellow, which changes with time into fawn then into light brown & then to coffee or reddish brown. The old bull is jet black in colour with almost hairless skin. They have ash coloured forehead & white stockinged feet. This animal has a keen scent but comparatively poor eyesight & hearing sense. Gaur is essentially a hill animal. Wild cattle still run in small herds in the hilly forests of India, Burma, and the Malay peninsula. They graze at Dusk or in early morning, except while breeding. During mating period, young bulls are chased away by the dominant bull to obtain the claim over the females. The older bulls lead the solitary life as they seldom have capacity to mate & lead the group. The Gaurs were once hunted by Spotsmen in India as "big game". Because of its size and strength, the Indian tiger rarely goes for the kill of this large beast. It has few predators other than man.

Yaks

It is massively built animal with high humped shoulders, straight back and short sturdy limbs. An adult bull can stand up to 5'6". This animal has shaggy fringes of hair that hang from its slangs and cover chest, shoulders, thigh and low half of the tail.
As this animal has to sustain the regressive winter, therefore, to receive additional warmth, it is endowed with dense undercoat of soft closely matted hairs. A baby Yak is different from its parents in terms of the absence of long hair fringes which only grow until the second and third month. This animal has to live with continuous struggle with elements of the nature and is found in coldest, widest, and most desolate mountains of Tibet and higher Himalayas. This animal is found in large herds. They feed in morning and evening and have been noticed eating quantity of white salt earth. The yak displays an amazing agility in climbing and is noticed to travel in single file carefully following the imprints of the preceding hoofs.

Indian Wild Buffalo

These wild buffaloes are much larger than the domesticated buffalo and have more hairs. The large bull can stand up to 6'. There are said to be two varieties of Indian wild buffalo, one with the straight horns turned up at the tips and other with the horns curved upwards forming a semi circle. Like domestic buffalo, these wild beast is a slate black animal. The new born calf is light coloured and almost yellow. The wild buffaloes are normally found in small herds. During the mating period, the young bulls are temporarily driven out of the herd and the dominant males claims possession over the females. The massive beast lives entirely on the grass and shows no fear of surrounding villages and human settlements . In India, wild buffaloes are found in grassy jungle of Tarai and in the plains of Ganges and those of Brahmputra in Assam and in central provinces of Orissa.



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