After overcoming bad weather Yamal musk oxen went to Taimyr

After overcoming bad weather Yamal musk oxen went to Taimyr

November 06, 2020

The calves waited out the snowstorm in Norilsk.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Ten Yamal musk ox calves left Norilsk for the Taimyr village of Volochanka. It’s for the first time in Russia when a man wants to make historically wild animals domestic.

May we remind you that a month ago the calves moved from Yamal to Volochanka to the first Russian herding farm for breeding these animals. Governor Alexander Uss addressed the head of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District with a request to hand over the musk oxen.

The Yamal nursery of this relict species is now the largest in the world. More than a hundred musk oxen live on the territory of the Polar Ural Natural Park, including 27 calves.

After undergoing the quarantine period, the animals took off for Taimyr but had to stay in Norilsk for a while. As the initiator of the project, a member of the family-clan community of indigenous peoples Husky-Tyal Denis Terebikhin, said on his Facebook page, due to bad weather, the journey from Salehard to Taimyr took three days: first, a helicopter with animals landed in the village of Tazovsky, and a day later, the calves with their attendants were forced to stay in Norilsk.

“I would like to thank the Nornickel company, which provided us with loaders and special transport. The hangar, in which we settled down, waiting for the weather to improve, was provided by the Podsolnuh retail chain. There was no person on our way who did not respond and did not offer help”, Terebikhin noted.

According to him, as soon as it became known about the appropriate weather, all the calves were caught and placed in boxes within nine minutes.

“Ravil, who works with animals, helped ten calves to be boxed in just nine minutes as a Spanish bullfighter. We were worried about how to put the calves into the boxes, it’s rather problematic. But we managed it very quickly”, said Denis Terebikhin.

Recall that for a farm for breeding musk oxen in Volochanka, a land area of ​​118 thousand hectares was allocated. The farm will allow the residents of the village to get new jobs, to use the animals’s unique wool for industrial purposes and will also help to restore the population of musk oxen in Taimyr.

First musk oxen were brought to Taimyr from Canada in 1974.

Text: Ekaterina Elkanova, Photo: social networks

November 06, 2020

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