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13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
The Guide with an Ox

Lkhagvasuren Battur (59), a Mongolian guide, poses with the ox in this picture in East Taiga. He mostly rely on horses to carry tourists and their baggage but sometimes use oxen for heavier loads. When the ox in this picture and a horse disappeared from the Tsaatan campsite in East Taiga region, Lkhagvasuren Battur jumped on his other horse and embarked on a search. When asked how he managed to find them in this vast forested area, he replied “I look for their hoof prints. They always try to go home because they feel comfortable being with sheep and other animals that they see everyday”.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Khovsgol province, Mongolia
Camera: NIKON D800
Copyright: © Madoka Ikegami