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Zebu

The Zebu (Bos primigenius indicus), also known as “˜humped cattle’ or “˜indicus cattle’, is native to Asia. They have been imported elsewhere such as Africa and Brazil for breeding purposes. There are around 75 known breeds of zebu spread throughout Asia and Africa. Zebus are thought to be derived from the Asian subspecies of aurochs.

Zebus have humps on their shoulders, large dewlaps and droopy ears. They have more sweat glands than other domestic cattle, which makes them better-adapted to hot environments. They also have pest resistances not seen in other European cattle.

Zebu bulls are often used for bull-riding in rodeos.

Zebu