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Yaks are pretty much the coolest animal of all time. Sure, they may just be big woolly cows with sweet horns, but they’re a way of life for everyone in rural Tibet. The nomadic yak herders live in tent encampments in the windy Tibetan planes, surrounded by their herd, and yaks are the source of their clothing, their food and their livelihood. You can tell that they take great pride in their herds. I especially love the way the Tibetans doll their yaks up with colorful cloth and cowbells.

Here are some photos I took of yaks around Namtso Lake, Tibet. When I was taking these pictures, I kinda accidentally herded the yaks away from the shore of the lake and right through the middle of town. Whoops! You can see it in the last few pics.

Yak with some monks passing by.
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