Musk oxen are herbivores that eat roots, moss, lichens, flowers and grass. They live in the Arctic, so during the winter months they must dig through snow in order to find plants. During the summer months flowers and grass are more frequently available to them.
Musk oxen grow to 4 to 5 feet in height and weigh between 500 and 800 pounds. In the wild, the life expectancy of musk oxen is between 12 and 20 years. Up to two or three dozen of them live together in a herd. Living in large groups like this allows musk oxen to defend themselves against potential predators, although it does not stop them from being hunted by humans for their hides and meat.Learn More
An ox looks like a small bison with a long coat and a large head, and it has curved horns and sharp hooves. Their long warm hair and strong muscles are ideal for the tundra and mountainous terrain that oxen usually call home.Full Answer >
Oxen are bovines specialized as draft animals. Both oxen and bulls are domesticated bovines, and oxen are always male animals. However "bull" is a general name for any male bovine, whereas an ox is such an animals which has been specially trained and physically prepared for hard labor pulling and carrying loads.Full Answer >
An ox is a working animal, while a cow is kept for food and breeding. Both cows and oxen are considered cattle or bovines.Full Answer >
For domestic cattle, a young ox is a calf or a steer, sometimes called a working steer. In the case of musk oxen or other wild oxen, a young ox is a calf, a heifer or, occasionally, a stot.Full Answer >