The article disgusted me, quirky yak sayings and all. Dope of a reporter going on, comparing them to puppies, is almost understandable, but the farm owner is just as clueless about their behavior. And what kind of sorry excuse for a livestock owner allows such young children in close proximity to an animal that he himself doesn't even understand how to restrain? There was some good information, but the following plays right into our society's thorough ignorance about animal behavior:
I've seen the videos on that farm's website. A bunch of yahoos, not one of which understands herding behavior. One sensible person in the background, a veterinarian or experienced yak man, is drowned out and all but ignored by the sophomoric antics of Jethro playing yak rodeo, and the others thinking it all great fun to be chasing them around a pen. These are not the sort that we need representing exotic, or any, animal ownership to the public. They'll have an escape or a serious injury to someone, and next thing you know, yaks will be the target of excessive regulations or sensational press, when it should be stupid yak owners that are banned.Yaks are not easy pets to own. They can run surprisingly fast and leap fences. They routinely ignore their masters. But they can also learn to come when they are called, they are excellent substitutes for guard dogs, and they are popular among people who like to buy exotic pets.