One place reportedly still inhabited by wild aurochs is near the juncture of the kingsroad and the Green Fork of the Trident in the riverlands. They still dwell beyond the Wall, where the free folk employ them to drag sledges.
Aurochs are frequently used as a symbol of size, strength, stubbornness, and stupidity.
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Samwell: You never liked Ser Alliser to call you Aurochs.
Grenn: He was saying I was big and stupid. If Pyp wanted to call me Aurochs, though, he could. Or you, or Jon. An aurochs is a fierce strong beast, so that's not so bad, and I am big, and getting bigger. Wouldn't you rather be Sam the Slayer than Ser Piggy?
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