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Watusi

WatusiWatusi are cattle found in Africa and are also known as Ankole cattle. Although red is the most common color, Watusi can be tan or black in color and can also have white spots. Watusi have large heavy horns, about 19 inches in diameter and up to six feet from tip to tip.

Watusi are considered sacred animals to many tribes in Africa and are symbols of power and wealth. The more watusi a chief owns, the richer he is considered to be. For tribal ceremonies, a small cut will be made in the watusi’s neck and a small amount of blood will be drawn. The blood will then be drunk or mixed with milk to produce blood pudding. The intention is not to harm or kill the animal; in fact tribes only kill watusi for important weddings or funerals.