Photo: Bhutan’s National Animal – The Takin
Sometimes things just seem too weird to photograph. During our adventure in Bhutan we traveled to see Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin known by locals as the ‘Dong Gyem Tsey’. It is without doubt one of the strangest animals I have ever seen. Legend has it that during the 15th century, Lama Drukpa Kuenley – also known as the divine madman – who, after devouring an entire cow and an entire goat was asked to perform a miracle. So he took the goats head, placed it on the carcass of the cow and commanded the animal to come to life.
Actually a type of sheep, the Takin grazes in family groups of about 20 individuals and is sometimes seen in groups of over 300 near salt licks, and hot springs high in the Himalayan mountains.