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Cloudy Qinling Series Ep. 4: Qinling "twist-horns"



After a long winter, Qinling Mountains greet the promising spring. As snow gradually melts down the hill, patches of grass sprout. After enduring hunger and cold, the takins rouse themselves and migrate to the low-lying valley to feed on fresh pastures. The takin is a species unique to Asia. A member of the subfamily Caprinae, it is known for its bulky frame and is close to goats. Both males and females sport a pair of short horns with twisted shapes. Hence its moniker is "twist-horns." Want to know more about Qinling takin? Check out this video.

About Journeys in Nature: Cloudy Qinling Series

Qinling Mountain range is among the regions with the richest biodiversity in the world, specifically hailed as the northernmost treasure trove of subtropical wildlife. Sitting between northern and southern China, the majestic mountain range is regarded by some as the country's "central park" and an important symbol of Chinese culture. Keep an eye out for the giant panda, golden snub-nosed monkey, takin and other rich wildlife in the cloudy Qinling Mountains. 

For more: Cloudy Qinling Series Ep. 3: Anecdotes of the giant panda

(Cover image a video screenshot; video by CGTN Nature film crew)

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