Ankole Watusi

Around 4000 B.C.E., Egyptians and other dwellers of the Nile Valley had a thing for cattle, so much so that they drew pictures of them on monuments and inside caves.

Even though they don’t produce much milk, the Ankole-Watusi have mainly been used as dairy cattle. Their milk is high in fat and is considered very valuable in East Africa. Their most distinctive feature is their humongous horns, which can easily grow to six feet in length. The horns are used for three purposes:

  1.  Defense against predators such as hyenas
  2.  Keeping cool in the hot African weather by circulating blood (acting like a radiator)
  3.  Looking awesome

In the wild, Watusi cattle like hanging out with other Watusi and at night will form a protective “horns out” circle (the calves protected in the center).  The breed was brought to America in the 1960s and has been successfully living in Freedom & Liberty ever since.

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