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Horns of the blue wildebeest

10 October 2016

 

 

Learn some facts about the horns of the blue wildebeest:

  1. Both males and females possess a pair of horns.
  2. The horns are in a shape similar to a parentheses. The horns expand to the sides and form a curve upwards and to the inside.
  3. The size of the horns differs between males and females. Males can have horns up to 83 cm (33 inches) and females between 30 and 40 cm (12 to 16 inches).
  4. Even thou the blue wildebeest is classified as an antelope it holds some bovine characteristics (an animal of the cattle group), for example, their horns are much like the horns of female African buffalo, their heavy looking forequarters also resembles those of other bovine.
  5. When males compete for territory and females they will, amongst other things, lunge violently with their horns or dig their horns into the ground to display aggression.

 

 

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