The national animal is the Takin (Dong Gyem Tsey) that is associated with religious history and mythology.
The 'Dong Gyem Tsey' or Takin has been diligently chosen as the National Animal of Bhutan because it is very rare mammal with a thick neck and short muscular legs. It is closely associated to religious history and mythology of the country. It seems like an assembly of assorted animals and perhaps, this is the reason, that a strange story regarding its origins is popular in Bhutan. It lives in groups and is found above 4000 meters on the north-western and far north eastern parts of the country. They feed on bamboo. The adult Takin can weigh over 200 kgs.