Did you know about the national animal of Bhutan? Motithang Takin Preservation serves as the home of the famous species of Takin. Many travelers consider visiting this zoo-converted-reserve as one of the best tips while travelling to Bhutan..
The Takin is a rare type of animal and falls under the goat species and their actual habitat is the eastern Himalayas. These animals live in the high altitudes of the country, These odd-looking animals according to the local legends were assembled by a 15th-century saint,The Divan Mad man Drukpa Kuenley who agreed to create a miracle.
This saint joined the head of a goat at the top of a cow’s skeleton and brought this new type of animal to life. Apart from myths, this animal is the result of evolution and has a protracted nose, large head, and strong torso provides it a different look. This animal is smaller than a yak with short legs and resembles a moose with a big face and thick neck. It looks like a cross between cow and goat. It was chosen as national animal of Bhutan based on its uniqueness and strong association of our countrys religious history and mythology. It can be found only in Bhutan and nearby by areas.The Takin lives around the 8.4 acres from the rainforest and the Bhutan government is taking good care of them by preserving the species and do not keep the animals in a zoo because they believe in non-confinement of animals in a Buddhist country.