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How a small town in Colorado became a breeding place for yaks

Yaks on the Smiling Buddha Ranch in the town of Ridgway. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
Yaks on the Smiling Buddha Ranch in the town of Ridgway. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)

How did a ranch in the small town of Ridgway, Colorado, become a breeding place for yaks? The story begins in the 1970s when an American doctor was volunteering in Nepal.

Colorado Public Radio’s Stina Sieg reports.

Ranch manager Namgya and a days-old calf in pasture at the Smiling Buddha Ranch. He is one of three Sherpas from Tibet adopted by ranch co-owner Peter Hackett. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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