Scientific name: Budorcas taxicolor
Habitat: rugged mountain terrain (1000-4000 m) in northern Burma, Tibet and central China
Diet: deciduous leaves, grasses, evergreen needles
Life span: 12 to 15 years
Young: 1 offspring each breeding season, called a kid
Size: males up to 400 kg (880 lbs); females up to 250 kg (550 lbs)
Considered a national treasure in China, takins share the same steep mountain forests as the giant panda.
Takins have the unique ability to stand erect on their hind legs, so they can easily reach the leaves of taller trees. Watch for the takin standing straight up to reach food or to see more of its surroundings.
Stand quietly and listen for its cough-like sounds.
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