Yaks – Varmints! – 113



Paul and Donna are yakkin’ about yaks on this week’s episode! By the end of this episode you’re going to be a real brainy-yak!

But first, the news!

The latest trend in winter clothing is yak wool base layers from Kora! Courtesy of treehugger.com.


These two are keeping warm and feeling spectyakular!

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When they aren’t taking care of the yaklets, yak moms get really, really high.  Article courtesy of phys.org


If you want to live in the Himalayas you better be able to yak it. 

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How do yaks not pass out in low oxygen environments? They got rid of one adaptation and traded it for bigger, better lungs, blood vessels and heart!  Article courtesy of fao.org

You or I would risk having cardi-yak arrest at those altitudes!

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Yakety Yak! Courtesy of YouTube user The Coasters – Topic

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The delightfully weird short-lived Nickelodeon cartoon “Yakkity Yak”! Why is this not still around?! Courtesy of YouTube user retromanstv

News flash: Mount Everest is dirty and gross and full of poopgarbage. Yaks are helping clean it up. Article courtesy of nytimes.com.


From farming to food to hauling garbage these guys really are a yak of all trades.

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As a bit of supplementary information here’s an interesting, respectful and totally not gruesome article about the poor chap known as “Green Boots” courtesy of BBC.com.

Great news! There are a bunch more wild yaks than anyone thought there were! Now we get to study them! Article courtesy of phys.org


Biologists really hit the yak-pot in Tibet!
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Now you know a little more about yaks than you did this morning! What do you think of them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at varmintspodcast@gmail.com! We might even read your email on the show.

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All music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Featured Image “Yak meditating” was provided Kiril Rusev and is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Additional image “DSC_0270” was provided by Keith Yong and is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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