Yak attack? More aggressive than its domesticated cousins, the wild yak is quick to charge when an intruder appears in path. In most cases though, it prefers the peaceful expedient of running away. Though it lives much of the year in the isolation of single-sex herds—protected from the elements by a marvelous skirt—like coat—massive animal must travel great distances to forage for vegetation. These trips can be hazardous, bringing the yak into contact with persistent poaches as well as livestock and the attendant risks of disease and interbreeding. As its habitual shrinks, more and greater dangers cross the wild yak's path every day.
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Head and body length, up to 325 cm; shoulder height, up to 200 cm
Estimated at fewer than 10,000 adults