Fifty shades of yak

 And you thought they were just big hairy cows!

[There are] yaks [male yak], naks [female yak], cow-hybrids [cow x yak], cows and zopkyos [ox x nak]. Most of the households own livestock, primarily yaks and cow-hyrbids. Cow-hybrids are used for milk, and yaks and hybrids are used for transportation. Yaks and naks are also used for wool.

# Interview 1

Yak keeping is like culture. People have yaks in the name of a god which they can’t sell nor they can kill.

# Interview 2

Pimped-out yak by Maurice Schutgens

Pimped out yak by Maurice Schutgens

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