Nothing is more rare than a yak in New York City, except for here in Sheepshead Bay at Yak Playground, where the name is derived from Avenue Y, the street that borders it.
The yak (Bos grunniens) is a Tibetan ox, native to the mountainous regions of Central Asia. Listed as an endangered species, it is used as a beast of burden, as well as for its meat, milk and hide. An enormous blackish-brown and bushy-haired animal, yaks can grow to heights of 6 feet (at the shoulder) and weigh over a ton.
Sheepshead Bay also derives its name from the animal kingdom. The Sheepshead fish (Archosargus probatocephalus), silvery and black-banded, is native to the Atlantic coast and can be found from Nova Scotia south to the Gulf of Mexico. It gets its name from the shape of its teeth, which resemble those of sheep.
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