Takin – The National Animal of Bhutan
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.