Handsome Spiral Horned Kudu

Category: Nature

 

Photo and caption by Pat Conti

Part of the spiral horned group of antelope, the kudu has a stately bearing and blends in remarkably well with their surroundings. The kudu’s head is marked with a white chevron between its eyes. The spiraled horns are found only in males, have up to three full turns, and can grow as long as 72 inches. The large ears are extremely sensitive to noise and if alarmed they usually stand still. I was able to snap a photo of this beautiful kudu before it dashed away. The 19th-century hunter Frederick Selous described the kudu as "perhaps the handsomest antelope in the world" and we can see why.

Location: Malelane, Mpumalanga, South Africa

 

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