Mammal

Takin

Area: 
China and Eastern Himalayas in Asia
Habitat: 
Forests and taiga
Food: 
Leaves of bamboo and other plants, and bark
Size: 
5 to 7 feet long; 3 to 4 ½ feet tall at the shoulder
Babies: 
A takin kid can walk well enough to follow its mother when it is only three days old.
Takins have been known to push over small trees to reach the leaves easier!
Tough Takins

 

 

These big herbivores have special adaptations that help them survive in their habitatWhere an animal or plant normally lives and grows.. A takin has split hooves that give it good footing on steep, rocky hillsides. Thick, shaggy fur helps it stay warm in the winter, and so does that super-sized snout! The big nose warms up the cold air as the takin takes a breath.

 

Each spring, takins gather in large herds and migrate up the mountains to find fresh food. When the food runs out and the weather grows cold, they move back down to the valleys. As they travel back and forth, they use the same paths over and over again, so the route is well marked.

 

Like cows and sheep, takins have four stomachs. When they eat, they swallow leaves and bark without chewing it. Later, the takin will bring the food back up from its stomach in a form called cudThe portion of food that is brought up into the mouth of a ruminating animal from its stomach. Cows, goats, and giraffes are some of the many animals that chew cud.. They spend a lot of time chewing the cudThe portion of food that is brought up into the mouth of a ruminating animal from its stomach. Cows, goats, and giraffes are some of the many animals that chew cud. before swallowing it again.