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Quiz #52 - Answer

by Brian Booth

The mystery animal is YAK, the ubiquitous beast of burden of Nepal.
Photo 52H

The tracks indicate a large hoofed animal with rounded toes and a large cleft in between the toes, not unlike the tracks of a cow. The only animals in this region that would make similar tracks would be Himalayan tahr (mountain goat) and domestic mule.
Yaks are central to the traditional Nepali way of life. They are raised for producing butter and cheese, hauling heavy loads, and their dung is burned in stoves to heat houses.

There are different breeds of yak, however. Photo 52H shows the type of yak I saw near the kharka in this quiz, near timberline at 11,000 feet

Photo 52J

Photos 52J / 52K show a yearling and the breed of yak I saw in a kharka above timberline in the range of 13,000-15,000 feet

Photo 52K
Photo 52L

Photos 52L / 52M show a traditional yak herderís hut and a Sherpa boy living in the area who tagged along with our group and asked for his photo to be taken.

Photo 52M

The people of Nepal, despite their tough living conditions, stand out as the strongest, kindest, and most generous people I have ever met.

Photo 52N

Photos 52N / 52O show yet a different type of yak, bred for hauling loads at lower elevations of 5,000-9,000 feet.

Photo 52O
Photo 52P

In closing, Photo 53P is a souvenir photo displaying the astounding beauty of the country of Nepal, a destination I will never forget.

Thanks for letting me share it with you.

 

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