A breed of cattle that is native to South Asia and is characterized by a hump over its shoulder and drooping ears.
The word 'zebu' is derived from the sanskrit word 'javuri' which means 'horned cattle'. the first recorded use of the term was in the 19th century.
- The zebu was a hardy breed of cattle, able to withstand the harsh conditions of the tropical regions where it was found.
- The zebu was an important source of food and draft power for the people of South Asia, providing both meat and milk.
- The zebu was often used in religious ceremonies, with its hump considered a symbol of good luck and prosperity.
- The zebu was valued for its resistance to diseases and parasites, making it a popular choice for cross-breeding with other breeds of cattle.
- The zebu was one of the oldest and most widespread breeds of cattle, with evidence of its domestication dating back to the Indus Valley civilization over 4,000 years ago.