Thursday, 23 April 2009

The Hecks Files

During WW2, the Brothers Heck attempted to recreate the extinct aurochs (Bos primigenius), a 2 m tall wild ox that had roamed Europe and Asia until the early 17th century. What they got was a breed of bad-tempered, shaggy-haired, spear-horned cattle that resemble the aurochs in all but size and genetic composition. Apparently, near enough was good enough for the Hecks and their patron Goering.

Derek Gow has now bought a small herd to run on his property in Devon. The Times has the story.

Here's the Independent's view.


Mel said...

That is one strange piece of news...

Snail said...

It would have been cool to have a real aurochs but these aren't it.