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What Are Oxen?
Have you ever heard of the saying, ''A person is as strong as an ox?'' This saying refers to the powerful strength of oxen, which is the plural form of ox. Oxen are adult male bulls, or cattle that have been domesticated, or tamed, typically to do farm work. Oxen are considered to be adults around the age of four years old, and they usually live for 15 years. Oxen are large, strong-looking animals with two horns and four legs.
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- 0:04 What Are Oxen?
- 0:34 What Do Oxen Eat?
- 0:48 How Strong Are Oxen?
- 1:29 How Do Oxen Help People?
- 2:35 Fun Facts About Oxen
- 2:53 Lesson Summary
What Do Oxen Eat?
Oxen are herbivores, which means that they eat plants. Oxen eat grains that are easily found on the farms where they usually live. They also eat grass and other similar plants that are available where they live.
How Strong Are Oxen?
Can you imagine a lumberjack chopping down huge trees in a forest, then trying to pull the logs? That would take super-human strength! However, oxen are strong enough to pull gigantic logs at a steady pace. Oxen are also cooperative and dependable animals that can continue to use their strength for long amounts of time.
Some animals may try to run away when they're forced to do hard work for too long. However, oxen are loyal animals that'll stay around. Oxen are also hardworking animals that are even stronger than horses. An amazing fact about oxen is that they can do all of this work while only needing about four hours of sleep per day!
How Do Oxen Help People?
You may have a pet dog that you enjoy seeing doing tricks based on your commands. Oxen are similar to pet dogs because they also respond to commands. Farmers have signals that they use to direct oxen to do various jobs. The signals consist of words or movements that oxen can understand. People have used oxen to do work for over 6,000 years! Let's take a closer look at the work oxen can do on command.
The great thing about oxen is that they can use their strength to pull heavy wagons and heavy machinery that are used on farms. This helps to move heavy equipment back and forth for irrigation, as well as plows to prepare farms for planting fruits and vegetables. Some work only requires one ox. However, oxen can also work in teams to pull heavier loads.
When you see 18-wheeler trucks on expressways, they're usually carrying freight or materials from one location to another. Before these large and powerful trucks were invented, people used teams of oxen to transport cargo and materials long distances.
Fun Facts About Oxen
- You 've probably seen a horseshoe, which is worn on each of a horse's hooves. However, oxen's hooves are shaped differently and require two shoes per hoof, which means that they wear a total of eight shoes!
- Oxen can even swim if needed to get to different destinations!
Oxen are strong and dependable adult male bulls, or cattle that have been domesticated, or tamed, typically to do farm work. Oxen are herbivores, which means that they eat plants, and they usually live to be about 15 years old. People have depended on oxen to pull heavy loads and to do work for about 6,000 years.
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