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Musk oxen: good view of the body shape and coat, conserving warmth in a harsh, cold environment

The qivuit is an underlying layer that insulates the musk ox like a winter coat…

Bue muschiato (Florian Schulz)

GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011 – in picturesMammals category, winner: Lords of the Arctic by Florian Schulz. (Three bull muskox heading towards the setting sun during a blizzard in north-western Alaska) Photograph: Florian Schulz/GDT

Musk Ox (Ovibos moschatus) Bulls by Milo Burcham

Muskox bulls on windswept ridge during Winter on the Seward Peninsula near Nome, Arctic Alaska

Researchers believe that erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae, an 'unusual' bacteria, could be the culprit for a large decline in the muskox population on both Banks Island and Victoria Island.

'Unusual' bacteria could be key to Northern muskox population's decline

A female musk ox is pestered by flies as it licks its newborn calf clean in the Daehlhoelzli Zoo in Bern Switzerland