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Date Added: May 13, 2011 06:55:13 PM
Author: Webmaster
Category: Cattle*: Watusi

The Watusi Cattle are named after the Tutsi tribe of Africa. They are highly social, preferring to stay in a group for company and protection. Ankole-Watusi cattle possess the largest and most dramatic horns of any breed of cattle. Since the daily temperatures in their native lands range from -20 to 120 degrees, they tolerate temperature and weather extremes well. The large horns act as radiators; blood circulating through the horn area is cooled and then returned to the main body. This allows excess body heat to be dispersed. Watusi have strong herding and protection instincts. Adults bed down in a circle facing out with calves in the center. Some tribes people consider Watusi to be sacred animals.

Watusi were first introduced to the United States in the 1960's from a small seed stock in European zoos. Exportation of Watusi from Africa was banned in the 1930's. Today, less than 2300 Foundation Pure Watusi have ever been registered in the U.S.

Watusi have been domesticated in parts of Africa such as Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya for thousands of years. These native cattle are adapted to survive several months without ample food and water. Watusi come in virtually every color known in cattle. Horn shapes and lengths vary tremendously.

River Oaks Cattle offers Foundation Pure Watusi cattle with a 30-day replacement guarantee.

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