A wise monk, who has lived a life of holy separation after enduring a painful event in his past that he is still struggling to put behind him.
Father Markhor - Fact 1
"Markhor" comes from the Persian words for "snake eater". This either references the goat's fabled ability to kill serpents or its corkscrew horns, which look like coiling snakes.
Father Markhor - Fact 2
The markhor drips foamy saliva from its mouth while chewing its cud. Gross right?! But the local people believe this substance is useful for extracting venom from snake bites!
Father Markhor - Fact 3
The markhor is the national animal of Pakistan, where they live high up in the mountains. They have keen senses and can nimbly flee from their predators over precarious rocky terrain.
Father Markhor - Fact 4
The markhor is an ancestor to several varieties of domestic goats. Male markhors have a very strong odor. They are stinkier than just about any domestic goat!
Father Markhor - Conservation
The markhor is under serious threat from poachers, who hunt it for its impressive spiral horns. Over-hunting separates the goats into isolated groups, making it difficult for them to find each other to breed.