Sunday, October 01, 2006


When I was doing the Avian Influenza project in Prudhoe Bay, we saw several herd of Musk Ox grazing right by the side of the road. On this day we were lucky to see some babies, too. My work partner Amy took this picture. The adults look especially raggedy because summer is when the Musk Ox shed their quiviut, or hair (not fur) which is warmer than wool and softer than cashmere. We often found chunks of it on the tundra.

4 Comments:

Blogger sid ganis said...

It's just so "freeing" to see these guys roaming their territory....hair (what do you call it??) falling off along the way...smgblue

7:50 AM

 
Blogger laura g. said...

Yes! We always pulled over to watch them but the oilworkers were so used to it, they just drove right by! We felt lucky to see 'em in all their shaggy glory!

11:48 AM

 
Anonymous julie said...

Laura, we're at the beitchers right now and everyone is looking!!!!!!!

7:58 PM

 
Anonymous julie said...

isaac is saying, "aunt laura! aunt laura!"

7:59 PM

 

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