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Thursday, 11 August 2011

Antelope

Ancient Egyptians kept herds of gazelles for meat, and occasionally pets. It is unknown whether they were truly domesticated.

The English word "antelope" first appears in 1417 and is derived from the Old French antelop, itself derived from Medieval Latin ant(h)alopus

The first successful corneal transplant was performed by a British army surgeon in India in 1835. His pet antelope had only one eye and it had a badly scarred cornea. He removed a cornea from a newly killed antelope and transplanted it into his pet’s eye. The operation was successful and his pet was able to see.

The first recorded use of the word bongo for a breed of African antelope was in 1861

Almost half of the world's saiga antelopes,  a critically endangered species, died in May 2015 from a mysterious illness suspected to be pasteurellosis.

The royal antelope is a West African antelope, is recognized as the world's smallest antelope. It was first described by Swedish zoologist Carl Linnaeus in 1758. It stands up to merely 10 inches (25 cms)  at the shoulder and weighs 5.5-6.6 pounds (2.5–3 kms).

A Royal Antelope at the San Diego Zoo. By Mirko Raner - Wikipedia Commons

One species of antelope, the Sitatunga, can sleep underwater. More turkeys are raised in California than in any other state in the United States.

The blesbok, a South African antelope, is almost the same color as grape juice.

When a predator is chasing an impala (see below), a type of antelope, it runs in a zig zag formation jumping as high as three metres.




Prong Horned Antelope have vision ten times stronger than average - On a clear night, they can see the rings of Saturn.

There are 91 species of antelope, most of which are native to Africa.

Sources Wikipedia greatfacts.com

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