milked every day, are not nearly so gentle and confiding, nor horses, nor old work oxen. Yet these beautiful animals, allowed to feed at will without herding to any great extent, never houses or penned up, seemed as smooth and clean and glossy as if they were wild – taming did not seem to have injured them in any way. There was no mark of man upon them. They are not so large as I had been led to suppose. The largest weight alive would not much exceed 3 or 400 lbs. They are trim, smooth, delicately moulded animals, and at this time of year very fat. The horns of the largest about 4 ft. long, the beams curving back and then forward with 3 or 4 branches and a number of shorter palmated branches putting forward over their heads from near the bottom of the main beam. The younger, too, had horns 6 or 8 inches long, with a few nobby
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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