February 9, 2010

Takin the National Animal of Bhutan

Bhutan is one of my favorite places in the Indian Subcontinent. This mountainous country is one of the few places where one can find nature at its pristine best without any interference from humans. This is one of the nations that has not gone to war for several centuries. Perhaps it is too small to fight either of the giants nations surrounding it. I admire the country for its natural beauty and the way the government and people respect nature and strive to preserve it.
The national animal of Bhutan is the Takin, a pretty docile herbivorous creature of the goat-antelope family. The gracious animal is protected ardently in the former mountain kingdom. Here are some pictures of the Takin that I captured when I visited the stamp-sized nation few years ago.
Takin, Bhutan's national animal

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