300 yaks trapped by snow starve to death

“This year’s toll is the highest on record.”

“Here’s a sad story about the death of 300 yaks (a long-horned mountain cow) in the northern state of Sikkim in India,” says reader Phil Salmon.

“The animals were trapped by heavy snow since December. Severe weather also prevented rescuers reaching them till too late.”

Efforts are under way to reach up to 50 yaks still trapped in the area “that need immediate attention”, said government official Raj Yadav.

“While between 10 and 15 yaks usually die each year, this year’s toll is the highest on record.”


Thanks to Phil Salmon for this link

“The BBC added a final sentence to the report in a desperate attempt to bring in a humans-to-blame story and distract from an important natural cold event,” says Phil.

7 thoughts on “300 yaks trapped by snow starve to death”

  1. Anybody ever eaten Yak?
    What does it taste like?
    Takes awhile to starve to death.
    What a waste.

  2. Lol not waste but , there and animals meant to live in those conditions.

    That is what people just do not get if this was only event , but with multiple event trends are showing . But like most people it will be to late .

    My god have mercy we are going to need it most people can understand , above the 40 th northern parallel population 1 plus BILLION ,, look at map

    Now southern 40 th parallel 4 million

    Just think on that we saw very light frost in back hill and valley , QLD
    Early this year , great now weather back to normal .

  3. trappedsince Dec means the owners were remiss in getting them down from the mountains well beforehand, got naff all to do with the normal expected snowfalls up that high, just human stupidity. it is odd that semiwild grazing animals didnt have the sense to head down themselves, if NOT confined?

    • I wondered about that myself. Yak (like musk ox) are supposed to be able to survive in extremely cold climates.

    • Human stupidity? I don’t know. Political problems are more like it. To the South is the border with Nepal, and also in the area are more yaks feeding. To the North is the border with China and the army took the best ground for trenches and roads. Also in 2004 the Government declare the area cold desert conservation reserve.
      People are suffering and the compensation of Rs 30,000 is a minuscule amount as one yak could costing that much is “incalculable”.
      Previously, they used to domesticate the Tibetan blue sheep as well but the animal is nearing extinction cutting down the numbers substantially. Now there is only one family that has Tibetan blue sheep in Lhasar Valley numbering about 150.
      Now with the carcasses being littered everywhere, there will be more food for the stray and feral dogs which have grown in huge numbers affecting the locals and their livestock, more so in recent years. The feral dogs are mostly used by the Army for their protection.
      So, don’t blame the farmers; they are victims too.

  4. My parents did a bit of diplomacy 50 years ago in Sikkim. The yaks there are NOT for eating, they are transportation/milk/beautiful wooly fur animals. I have rugs woven from there made of yak fur. Very dense, very warm.

  5. Himalayan (or Tibetan) blue sheep are not endangered. They’re listed as “least concern” by IUCN, which is positively paranoid about species declines.


    That they might be no longer domesticated in that area, that I could buy. But they’re not going extinct.

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