Unusual, rare Bhutanese animal coming to the National Zoo?

The ambassador to the UN and the Bhutan Foundation are trying to “place” one there, according to this story in Kuensel. And if you’ve never heard of or seen a Takin, here’s a peek. they say it looks like a goat-antelope. (I think someone should make a stuffed version!)


The takin is the national animal of Bhutan. According to legend, when Lam Drukpa Kuenley visited Bhutan in the 15th century, the people urged him to perform a miracle. But he demanded that he first be served a whole cow and a goat for lunch. He devoured these and left only bones. He then took the goat’s head and stuck it onto the bones of the cow. And then with a snap of his fingers, he commanded the strange beast to rise up and graze on the mountainside. The animal arose and ran up to the meadows to graze. It came to be known as the drong gyem tsey (takin) .These animals can be seen grazing in alpine meadows of the high eastern Himalayas.”

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