Yesterday Lilly told me a little about her travels in Mongolia - she went there mainly because it's a large, sparsely populated area - and she mentioned yaks and a yurt. So of course today I had to double-check that there are in fact yaks and yurts to be found in Mongolia. And there are! Yay! :)
In the interest of time, I should have stopped researching there. But once I started learning about yaks, I got a little carried away. Here are a few interesting (in my opinion) facts about yaks that I learned today:
- Yaks are high-altitude creatures and don't thrive below 3,000 ft.
- Contrary to what you might expect, their wool is naturally odor-resistant, so yaks don't stink.
- Whereas cattle need to eat 3% of their body weight daily to survive, yaks only eat 1% of their body weight daily, and they have great stores of fat for the leaner months.
- There are very few wild yaks left; the vast majority of yaks these days are domesticated.
- Mongolians use yaks as transportation and beasts of burden, they use yak wool to make clothing, they eat dairy products made of yak milk, they eat yak meat, and - the kicker! - they drink yak blood as medicine!!!
And look at this adorable Mongolian child with this adorable baby yak!
I mean, seriously.