NEW ENGLAND: How Now, Brown Cow?

The musk ox is a hard animal to describe—it looks somewhat like a cross between a buffalo and an English sheep dog, has downward-curving horns and a morose expression. It is even harder to know. Though it once roamed as far south as Kentucky, it never learned to duck when hunters began shooting; now all but extinct, the musk ox lives on the fringe of the Arctic, where it munches lichen and other inferior fodder, and apparently spends a great deal of time watching it snow.

Despite its anti-social attitude, however, the musk ox has at least one wildly enthusiastic...

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