We’re goin’ to the zoo, zoo, zoo

This month Becky’s Squares are focusing on odd things – you can interpret this any way you want so I am going to take you all to the zoo this month. San Diego Zoo to be precise and the photos featured will be either odd looking animals, animals with odd names, odd facts or slightly odd photos. I hope you’ll enjoy my selection.

Day 14

This type of dwarf antelope lives among rock formations in Africa called kopjes, (pronounced ko-pea), a Dutch word meaning “small head.” One the klipspringer’s most notable characteristics is its hooves. Its hooves are small, almost dainty giving it the appearance of standing on its tiptoes, their feet are specially adapted for traction on rocky surfaces, with a slight suction-cup effect.

Klipspringers communicate with whistles when alarmed. They stand still and erect for long periods of time, presumably watching out for predators. They use scent to communicate with outsiders, marking territory with dung piles and excretions from a preorbital gland, a dark, slit-like area beneath each eye.

If you want to join in either daily, weekly or just on the odd occasion then please visit Becky, the only rule is that the main photo MUST be a square – that is four equal sides! You have been warned 😉

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

20 thoughts on “We’re goin’ to the zoo, zoo, zoo”

  1. I could do with feet like that for scrambling up a few rocky hills. Don’t think they’d suit me though. Happy Valentine’s Day, Jude! An outing?

    1. Yes, those feet would definitely be handy for the coastal path here. No outing today, it’s windy, raining and half term!

        1. Nope. We don’t do Valentines Day. Although twenty years ago he did send me a red rose to my workplace! I was so embarrassed 😊

        2. 🤣💟I knew you didn’t. We’re sitting on the waterfront at Santa Luzia. Plans went awry so I’ll do mince and Yorkshires later. Too much of the good life lately 🤭💟

  2. Cute antelopes but the name sounds as if it belongs to something else…some sort of fastener that you have to pry off to open, only to find that it suddenly springs off into the distance, hehe!

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