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TAKIN - National Animal of Bhutan !

TAKIN - National Animal of Bhutan !
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Copyright: Shubhankar Basu (kampuchi) (124)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-03
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-09 5:45
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Takin the national animal of Bhutan.

The reason for Bhutan selecting the Takin as the national animal is based on both its uniqueness and its strong association with the country's religious history and mythology. When the great saint Lama Drukpa Kunley, "the divine madman", visited Bhutan in the 15th century, a large congregation of devotees gathered around the country to witness his magical powers. The people urged the lama to perform a miracle. However, the saint, in his usual unorthodox and outrageous way, demanded that he first be served a whole cow and a goat for lunch. He devoured these with relish and left only bones. After letting out a large and satisfied burp, he 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. To the astonishment of the people the animal arose and ran up to the meadows to graze. This animal came to be known as the dong gyem tsey (takin) and to this day, these rather clumsy animals can be seen grazing on the mountainsides of Bhutan.

clicked this near Thimpu mountains..

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Hi Shubhankar,
Really nice close up with sharp focus of this animal, I never saw such animal like this before and if you not put any note I will though this is a Yak. Really love the details of texture in its fur, loves the blur light grass green background, the space to the right might be a little bit too wide, thanks for the great notes also introduce myself to this animal

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