Kirghiz of Turkistan's Highlands Loading Up Their Yaks Preparatory to Moving Camp

In this purely wild state the yak lives easily in the central plateau of Tibet, where it attains a height of six feet at the shoulders. Very little inferior to this animal, however, is the domesticated "grunting ox", in use among the natives of the Pamirs. Immensely strong and hardy, this yak is black with long shaggy hair on the belly and flanks, and with a bushy tail that makes an excellent fly-whisk. In the hands of the Kirghiz the yak is a docile beast, but it is apt to attack Europeans. It is intolerant of heat, and can only live at high elevations where it is valuable as a beast of burden.
Photo - Sir Percy Sykes