Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pronghorn Antelope

The other day we caught a glimpse of this pronghorn antelope.

Then a few more joined it.

And even more. Usually pronghorn are a little more leery of humans, but these have been hanging around the fields and pastures and are used to noisy vehicles traveling nearby.

I really enjoy seeing pronghorn antelope and thinking about how they evolved with the sagebrush that is ubiquitous in this part of the world. The pronghorn can digest this shrub better than about any other animal because of its long relationship with it.

Eventually the pronghorn got nervous of us watching them and took off. They are the fastest land animal in the Americas, reaching speeds of over 70 km/hr. If you want to learn more, click here.

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