Zebu

Zebu
Bos taurus indicus.jpg
Domesticated
Scientific classification e
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Bovidae
Subfamily:Bovinae
Genus:Bos
Species:B. taurus
Subspecies:B. t. indicus
Trinomial name
Bos taurus indicus
Synonyms
  • Bos indicus
  • Bos primigenius indicus

A zebu (/; Bos primigenius indicus or Bos indicus or Bos taurus indicus), sometimes known as indicine cattle or humped cattle, is a species or subspecies of domestic cattle originating in South Asia. Zebu are characterised by a fatty hump on their shoulders, a large dewlap, and sometimes drooping ears. They are well adapted to withstanding high temperatures, and are farmed throughout the tropical countries, both as pure zebu and as hybrids with taurine cattle, the other main type of domestic cattle. Zebu are used as draught and riding animals, dairy cattle, and beef cattle, as well as for byproducts such as hides and dung for fuel and manure. Zebu, namely Miniature Zebu, are kept as companion animals. In 1999, researchers at Texas A&M University successfully cloned a zebu.[1]

Taxonomy and name

The scientific name of zebu cattle was originally Bos indicus, but they are now more commonly classified within the species Bos taurus as B. t. indicus, together with taurine cattle (B. t. taurus) and the extinct ancestor of both of them, the aurochs (B. t. primigenius).[2] Taurine ("European") cattle are descended from the Eurasian aurochs, while zebu are descended from the Indian aurochs. "Zebu" may be either singular or plural, but "zebus" is also an acceptable plural form. The Spanish name, cebu or cebú, is also present in a few English works.

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Seboe
العربية: زيبو (ماشية)
azərbaycanca: Zebu
беларуская: Зебу
български: Зебу
brezhoneg: Zebu
català: Zebú
čeština: Zebu
dansk: Zebu
Deutsch: Zebu
eesti: Seebu
Ελληνικά: Ζεμπού
Esperanto: Zebuo
euskara: Zebu
français: Zébu
Frysk: Sebû
Gaeilge: Séabú
galego: Cebú (boi)
한국어: 인도혹소
հայերեն: Զեբու
हिन्दी: ज़ेबू
Ido: Zebuo
Bahasa Indonesia: Zebu
interlingua: Zebu
עברית: זבו
ქართული: ზებუ
қазақша: Зебу
Kiswahili: Zebu
Кыргызча: Зебу
magyar: Zebu
македонски: Зебу
Malagasy: Omby
Bahasa Melayu: Zebu
Nederlands: Zeboe
日本語: コブウシ
norsk: Zebu
norsk nynorsk: Sebu
پنجابی: زیبو
polski: Zebu
português: Zebu
română: Zebu
русский: Зебу
sardu: Zebù
Scots: Zebu
Simple English: Zebu
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Zebu
suomi: Seebu
svenska: Zebu
Tagalog: Zebu
українська: Зебу
Tiếng Việt: Bò u
walon: Zebu
中文: 瘤牛