Klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragus)
Being 55cm/22” tall at the shoulder, these antelope are adept for rocky terrain. They move around on the points of their hooves, which have a similar density as that of hard rubber. Only the males have horns. The pair rarely wanders apart. Klipspringers have a course hair structure. Individual hair is hollow and cane-like. The coat is ‘bouncy’ or spring-like, which offers protection to the Klipspringer should it bump against rocks. The pair communicates by means of high pitch whistles and screeches. Once startled, Klipspringers run for only a few paces and then stop to inquisitively look back at the danger. Browsers, being most active during the early mornings and late afternoons. Water independent.
Penetration is easily achieved with these thin-skinned antelope. Broadside and quartering away shots advised, although full frontal shots can be advantageous should the animal look away from you. The heart lies quite low in the chest. Probably the specie most prone to hairslip, as the hair is loosely attached to the skin. Transport the carcass on ice, or hold it on a person’s lap.
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