I post this specially for Mrs P. who commented on my last post with “Some fabulous photos. I have never seen nor heard of an eland…cool horns! Congrats on the 600th!” Now with such a comment I must post something that is educational for her… If you don’t know Mrs P. go to her site (CLICK HERE)
Now specially for you Mrs P.
It was a dark and scary morning as the sun attempted to climb over the horizon and gave us a this photo….
I was frighten it might not be a good day for photos but, luckily I was wrong and this small animal made an appearance specially for you…
and it is known as Eland (Taurotragus Oryx),
This antelope An adult male is around 1.6 metres (5′) tall at the shoulder (females are 20 centimetres (8") shorter) and can weigh up to 942 kg (2077 lbs.) with an average of 500–600 kilograms (1,100–1,300 lb., 340–445 kilograms (750–980 lb.) for females). It is the second largest antelope in the world, being slightly smaller on average than the giant eland.
Its size can be seen in this photo when standing next to a zebra….. remembering the zebra is closer to the camera.
Both sexes have horns with a steady spiral ridge. The horns of males are thicker and shorter than those of females (males’ horns are 43–66 centimetres (17–26 in) long and females’ are 51–69 centimetres (20–27 in) long), and have a tighter spiral. Males use their horns during rutting season to wrestle and butt heads with rivals, while females use their horns to protect their young from predators.
The different horns can be seen in this photo with the male in the front and the female in the background…..
The common eland is the slowest antelope, with a peak speed of 40 kilometres (25 mi) per hour that tires them quickly. However, they can maintain a 22 kilometres (14 mi) per hour trot indefinitely. Elands are capable of jumping up to 2.5 metres (8 ft. 2 in) from a standing start when startled (up to 3 metres (9.8 ft.) for young elands). The common eland’s life expectancy is generally between 15 and 20 years; in captivity some live up to 25 years.
Eland herds are accompanied by a loud clicking sound that has been subject to considerable speculation. It is believed that the weight of the animal causes the two halves of its hooves to splay apart, and the clicking is the result of the hoof snapping together when the animal raises its leg. The sound carries some distance from a herd, and may be a form of communication.
Thank you Wikipedia for the words to aid my post…