January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
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Zebu, a humped animal of the cattle family, native to India. The zebu has a large, fatty hump over its shoulders; a large fold of skin, or dewlap, hanging from its throat; and large, drooping ears. Most zebus are ashy gray, but there are also white, red, brown, and black breeds. The mature animals of some strains are smaller than donkeys. Other strains are larger and cows may weigh 1,300 pounds (590 kg) or more and bulls, 1,800 pounds (820 kg). Zebus are not eaten in India, where they are considered sacred. They are used as dairy cattle. They are also ridden and are used to pull wagons and plows.


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