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Old Mar 27, 2008, 5:20 PM   #81
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Zoo picture #8 - last one.

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Old Mar 28, 2008, 1:50 AM   #85
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And I thought I knew it all.

What is this creature and why the bullet hole in it's face?
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Hi Mercurycu,

Looks like you're having fun with the 70-300mm lens. For the money, it's tough to beat. Thanks for sharing.

I'm also happy that Scouse asked you about the animal in photo #2-

what is that:?

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As a man living a state that just received it's second snowiest winter on record (only 105.5" total) - I hate you! February and you have sunny skies and plants growing. Nice picture, by the way. :-)
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We were at the Memphis Tenn, Zoo and we really did luck out with the weather.

Creature #8 is a Steenbok.

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Creature #2 is a Klipspringer

The Klipspringer (Afrikaans for "rock jumper") is only about twenty-two inches high at the shoulder, and weighs approximately forty pounds. Stocky and powerful, yet extremely agile, this shy and nervous antelope is unique. The male has delicate little horns about four to six inches long. Its ears are actually longer than its horns.



Its coat is thick, dense and hard, with a speckled "salt and pepper" pattern of an almost olive shade. The coat harmonizes with the background of rocks. Its eyes are large and widely spaced, and its nose is short and wedge-shaped.



Weighing 11-13 Kg and standing 500-600mm high at the shoulders, this is a small and stocky antelope. Ewes are slightly larger than the rams. Only rams have short horns, which are ringed only at the base. Klipspringer have smallish rounded ears positioned far back on the head, and with noticeable dark inner markings. The coarse-haired coat is variable in colour with shades of grey, yellow, brown or red, with marked white underparts, chin and lips. A prominent feature is the large, black pre-orbital gland
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Creature #2 is a Klipspringer

. A prominent feature is the large, black pre-orbital gland
This is wiki says: (Enquiring minds need to know)

Scent glands are found in the genital area of most mammals and in various other parts of the body, such as the underarms of humans and the preorbital glands of deer. They produce a semi-viscous fluid which contains pheromones. These odor-messengers indicate information such as status, territory marking, mood, and sexual power. The odor may be subliminal, not consciously detectable.



Nice series of photos and nice use of the 70-300. It's on my list....When the housing market gets better..!!!
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