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I'd like to make an exhaustive list of the various animals whose milk humans drink. Here's the ones I can think of:

  • human
  • cow
  • goat
  • sheep
  • camel
  • yak
  • buffalo
  • donkey/ass

Any others? If so, where?

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@Michael: I switched this to CW. All questions asking for a list should be marked as such. –  hobodave Aug 13 '10 at 4:29
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@Michael: What purpose does this serve besides being a list of milk? If it's just a list of milk, is that really useful? –  hobodave Aug 13 '10 at 4:55
    
Hey hobodave - should questions that ask for a list but have a definitive answer be CW? I think there is a finite set of milks that humans drink, so there is an actual answer here, not just a list of opinions. (I'm find with it being CW, just want to understand for future ref). The purpose I had in mind was to make myself aware of foods that I'd be interested in trying but haven't yet had the opportunity to. –  Michael at Herbivoracious Aug 13 '10 at 5:26
    
@Michael: Yes. I don't think this list is as concise as you think. Unless by finite you mean less than or equal to the total number mammal species. :P Nearly any list is finite given a large enough set of data. I don't think finiteness has a bearing on whether lists should be CW. The "list" typically refers to the format of the answers. A user answering this can quite simply say "Walrus" and that be a valid answer. This results in a long list of all completely valid answers. The CW provides the ability for those to be edited into the question itself as a form of index. –  hobodave Aug 13 '10 at 6:00
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I don't see any problem with this question in theory... seems valid enough. –  Noldorin Aug 13 '10 at 8:57
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Add to this answer... Who and where, what it tastes like, how it differs, how it's used in cooking...

Human

Where: Worldwide
Uses: Nursing

Cow

Where: Most popular in the western world, used worldwide.
Uses: All dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.)

Goat

Where: Particularly popular in France, common across Europe, used worldwide today.
Uses: Primarily cheese

Sheep

Where: Across Europe
Uses: Primarily cheese

Camel

Where: Middle East

Yak

Where: South East Asia
Uses: Cheese and butter; localized dairy products such as dahi, paneer

Buffalo

Where: Primarily Europe, esp. Italy
Uses: Primarily cheese (mozzarella)

Horse

Where: Mongolia

Donkey / Ass

Where: Mediterranean countries
Uses: Milk, yogurt, cosmetic and medical use

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Goat milk is also common in Northern China. –  Larry Wang Aug 13 '10 at 15:10
    
I'm not sure if water buffalo (used for mozzerella) and buffalo are the same thing. –  Joe Aug 13 '10 at 15:35
    
Wondeful, Ocaasi, thanks for starting the final edit on this. –  Michael at Herbivoracious Aug 13 '10 at 19:24
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Please add reindeer milk. And (unless you want to edit the question to include "commonly") you'd better add wolves for Romulus and Remus :) –  J. Winchester Jan 31 '11 at 22:16
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Dog milk is alleged to last longer than any other type of milk ;) –  Peter Taylor May 18 '12 at 14:49
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We drink the milk of walruses and elephants.

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you sir, are a smart ass, hey we drink the milk of those too :) –  sarge_smith Aug 13 '10 at 6:16
    
@sarge: we really do! –  hobodave Aug 13 '10 at 6:21
    
wanna give us reference / location for those so we can add them to the index above? (or just go ahead and put them in) –  Michael at Herbivoracious Aug 14 '10 at 20:23
    
I've seen it on the discovery channel. Walrus milk has been consumed by the Inuit people for centuries. The elephant thing was in Africa, I don't remember details. –  hobodave Aug 14 '10 at 23:31
    
Interesting... I just tried for awhile to google up some details of either of those things, didn't have any luck so I'm not adding them to the index answer for now. If anyone can locate the info, please add it! –  Michael at Herbivoracious Aug 16 '10 at 4:46
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Oh, I just remembered one more (don't worry, I'll edit it into a index when we seem done). Horse. Popular in Mongolia I believe.

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It is used for drinking (directly) but also as an ingredient for single fermentation (koumis) or alcoholic fermentation (airag, also called milk wine) –  ogerard May 3 '11 at 19:15
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Donkey milk is missing from the list.

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It is, but with community wiki items, you should have enough reputation be able to go and edit the question to add it to the list. –  Joe Nov 15 '12 at 0:34
    
I hand't noticed I could do it by myself. –  J.A.I.L. Nov 15 '12 at 8:19
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