Takin – The National Animal of Bhutan


Bhutan Takin

Bhutan’s National Animal, The Takin

During our adventure in Bhutan, we traveled to see the Takin, Bhutan’s National Animal. Known by locals as the “Dong Gyem Tsey”, the Takin is without a doubt one of the strangest animals I have ever photographed. 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, now known in Bhutan as the Takin, to come to life.

Bhutan’s Takin is actually a type of sheep. It 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.

The Bhutan Takin Are Notoriously Shy, but Fascinating to See

The Bhutan Takin Are Notoriously Shy, but Fascinating to See

Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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