|Species Type||Domesticated Bovid|
|Reproduction||Sexual; give live birth|
|Subclass||Theria (Wild beasts)|
|Infraclass||Eutheria (True beasts)|
(Ancestors originate from Laurasia)
|Order||Artiodactyla (Even-toed ungulates)|
The Xantis Yak is an infamous breed of yak that has sparked confusion.
Though several species and breeds of animals are known to hold a discovery date, the Xantis Yak does not. Clues lead to the early 2000s that a picture of a brown yak grazing (as shown here) have lead to the arising of the Xantis Yak. It is unknown where this animal in particular lived, or its marital status as of today. Some say that the Xantis Yak was just simply arisen from a picture of a yak, and went under the label 'Xantis' as an excuse for an animal beginning with X. This, however, is not the first, or more suitably last, time an animal was 'made' by the Internet. In the 2010s, a new name arose for the South American Coatimundi, the Brazilian Aardvark. The name arose from its aardvark-like appearance, despite being related to the raccoon. Despite this, the 'Brazilian Aardvark' gained some popularity, even weaving its way into several newspapers and an encyclopedia published by the university of Chicago. A similar urban myth to the Xantis Yak is the Xanthereel, a type of yellow eel. However, it was most likely derived from Moray Eels. The image's source leads to a Pinterest page, Don Schmidt, with 2,079 followers. A search for the original picture took place, and a user found a page using the same yak picture leading back to 2010. However, a 404 error popped up.
Are there more 'Xantis' yaks on Earth?Edit
There is a theory that the 'Xantis' yak shown in the 9-year old photo is actually one of the few in the world. The A-Z Animals website shows a picture of a yak, arguably strikingly similar to the confirmed one. https://a-z-animals.com/media/animals/images/original/yak4.jpg
However, differences appear:
- The 'Xantis' Yak in the 9-year old photo is possibly smaller than the one on A-Z Animals.
- The A-Z Animals 'Xantis' has a tail. The other Xantis does not.
- The horns on the A-Z Animals 'Xantis' are a bit more crooked than the other.
After a look around the Internet, there was no sign of another 'Xantis Yak' than these two, not even in a zoo. The breed of this mysterious yak remains a question to this day, left unanswered.