Zebu

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Zebu
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Bovinae
Genus: Bos
Species: Bos taurus
Subspecies: B. t. indicus
Binomial name
Bos taurus indicus
Linnaeus, 1758


Zebu (Bos taurus indicus), a type of domesticated bovine cattle-like animal found in India, East Africa and China.

Characteristics[change | change source]

Zebu have humps on the shoulders, large dewlaps and droopy ears. They are adapted to survive disease, intense heat, sun and humidity.[1]

Reproduction[change | change source]

Zebu can begin reproducing at around 44 months old. However, early reproduction can place stress on the body and possibly shorten lifespans. The carrying time of the calf averages at around 285 days, however it depends on the age and health of the mother. Male calves are carried for a shorter time than females.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Types and Breeds of Tropical and Temperate Cattle.". Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 1987. http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/t0095e/t0095e04.htm. Retrieved 1 February 2016.