Large herd of takins gather for love in Qinling Mountains
Footage of a large herd of takins was captured in the Foping National Nature Reserve in northwest China's Shaanxi Province.
The adult wild takin has creamy white or brownish-yellow fur, with curved horns. They were spotted in an alpine dense forest on the main ridge of the Qinling Mountains, which has high altitude and low temperature. The takins search leisurely for food and rest.
The mating season for takins usually falls between June and July each year, with those in the Qinling Mountains migrating from all directions to the high-altitude areas of the mountains to reproduce. For the right to mate, male takins chose the place of duel on the boulder on the mountain top.
The wild takin is a herbivore listed under first-class state protection in China. The improved environment, strengthened protection efforts and tough crackdown on crimes related to wild animals have contributed to the rise of the number of takins in the Qinling Mountains, where about 5,000 takins currently live. Their habitats have now expanded to more than 15,000 square kilometers.
(Cover image via VCG.)
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