Scottish highland steer
At the Detroit Zoo
Despite his size and “handlebar” horns, which can make him appear menacing, MacGregor is very gentle and even-tempered. He was born in 2008 and arrived at the Detroit Zoo in 2009. MacGregor can be found in the Barnyard with the belted Galloway cattle, miniature donkeys, domestic yak, Thoroughbred horses, pigs and other barnyard animals.
The Scottish highland steer is known for its shaggy appearance and cold-hardy constitution. It has handlebar-shaped horns and a long, thick, shaggy coat.
Scientific name: Bos taurus taurus
Habitat: Mountainous and wet grasslands
Size: 3-3.5 feet
Weight: 900-2,200 pounds
Diet: The Scottish highland steer is an herbivore and eats grass, leaves and flowers.
Reproduction: Gestation lasts approximately 277-290 days; single calf is most common, although occasionally twins are born.
Lifespan: 15-22 years