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They were supposed to be Azerbaijan's cash cows. But the imported cattle apparently had other ideas.
Over the past three years, the government in Baku has spent $23 million importing some 4,500 pedigree cows from Germany and Austria in an effort to improve livestock quality and boost milk production.
The vast steppe of Kazakhstan is the traditional stomping ground of galumphing camels and galloping horses. Now, however, an unexpected rival has appeared on the scene: the African ostrich.
On a small farm in the shadow of snow-capped mountains outside Kazakhstan’s commercial capital of Almaty, septuagenarian Yevgeniy Chaykovskiy lovingly tends his brood of flightless bipeds.
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