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    Muskox are members of the goat family. They’re an arctic survivor with a thick coat consisting of long (up to 36 inches) guard hairs covering a dense winter coat of harvestable warm fur called Qiviut. Qiviut is considered to be one of the warmest materials in the world.

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The Muskox (Ovibos moschatus) is a large, shaggy looking arctic animal. Part of the same family as sheep and goats. Its hair is used by Inupiaq to weave very warm clothing.

Mama and baby Musk Ox. I'd love to knit up something from their fur.

Musk Oxen, coastal plains of Alaska's Arctic. Photography by Patrick J Endres

Muskox (Ovibos moschatus) is an Arctic mammal of the family Bovidae, noted for its thick coat and for the strong odor emitted by males, from which its name derives. This musky odor is used to attract females during mating season. Muskoxen primarily live in the Canadian Arctic and Greenland, with small introduced populations in Sweden, Siberia, Norway, and Alaska.

Musk ox. They are about the size of a sheep. They look pre-historic. Their undercoat of fur is the warmest substance on earth, I'm told. It is gathered and spun into yarn called qiviut.(Excellent Scrabble word.) I knitted a scarf from it...another thing I like!

Musk Ox and Baby.. That baby is like the cutest thing ever!!!

Musk ox!--they have these in the Alaska zoo...smelly beast! Can't wait for my kids to see these guys when we finally go back to home to Alaska to visit!

Musk Ox-We saw these in Alaska. They are amazing animals.

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