Takins appear much like an ox, with strong legs and broad, round hooves. Their coat is dense and shaggy, with a stripe along the back. Coat color varies from whitish-yellow, reddish-gray, darker brown or gold. The tail is short and bushy. A bull’s face is often dark, while only the nose is dark on females and calves. All takins have an arched nose and hairy snout. They have impressive horns which are carried on both sexes. Local native peoples hunt takins for their highly prized meat, which is contributing to their decline. However, they are now a protected species.