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Musk Ox

Musk Ox
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Copyright: Michael Hilditch (mike_hilditch) Gold Star Critiquer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 3] (14)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-P Nikkor 70-300 4.5-5.6 G ED VR
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-24 14:53
Viewed: 3618
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Fossil finds show that musk-oxen (Ovibos moschatus) lived in Europe during the last ice age, the population died out due to a combination of climate changes and intense hunting. The first placement of musk-oxen on the Dovrefjell, a mountainous plateau in south central Norway, was done in 1931, when 10 animals from Greenland were released at Hjerkinn. In 1938, they were joined by two more animals. The herd multiplied, but all disappeared during the Second World War.

In 1947 - 53, altogether 23 musk-ox calves were transported from Greenland to the Dovrefjell - SNØHETTA, where the herd has now grown to approx. 80 animals. Musk-oxen are not aggressive, as long as you don't get too close. Out of consideration for your personal safety and the well-being of these magnificent animals, you should maintain a distance of at least 200 m (650 ft). The musk-ox has a top speed of 60 km (37 miles) per hour, and weighs between 225 - 445 kg (500-1,000 Ib.), these animals deserve your respect.


The mountain Snøhetta is the crown on the roof of norway. Wide and majestetic it shows itself for the travellers. With its 2.286 meters above the sea, its the highest mountain in Norway beside the tops of Jotunheimen. The Snøhetta has several alpine neighbours, such as Svånåtindane, Larstind, Drugshø and Skredahø. The view from Snøhetta is magnifficent. The west-top is the lowest of the four peaks of Snøhetta, where all are above 2.200 metres. There are two alternate routes to get to the top of Snøhetta the West-top and the Big-top. There has been found remains of hunting-sites for reindeer.

Althugh not recomended I was approx 30 meters from this magnificent animal when I took a series of photographs hiding behind a bush but ready to run to safety ?? should it turn on me.

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Hello Michael and welcome among TN members!
This is a great picture for the beginng of TN adventure. The mammal species presented on your picture is really huge, and rather rarely presented in this gallery. I like profile point of view and nice depth of field. Also the note is good, very informative and interesting :)
Greetings from Poland,

Nice pic

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