Musk, a substance with a strong, penetrating odor. It is obtained from a large abdominal gland of the male musk deer. Musk activates sperm cells during the mating season and its scent attracts females. Musk is an oily brownish liquid when fresh, a grainy powder when dried. Diluted with alcohol, it is used in perfumes to slow evaporation. The characteristic odor of musk is caused by a substance called muscone, or muskone, which can be synthetically produced. Other animals, such as the muskrat, and some plants yield musklike substances.
If you've ever placed catnip near a cat, you will notice that the plant causes the cat to react in an extremely unusual way. It will roll around and kick its legs. What is it in catnip that causes cats to have this reaction? Find out in this article.
Dik-Dik is a slender dwarf antelope found in the dry bushlands of East Africa. It stands about 14 inches (36 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs 6 to 7 pounds (2.7 to 3.2 kg).