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Young Gazelle

Young Gazelle
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Copyright: Yukiko Aramaki (Violetteddy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 52 W: 1 N: 53] (160)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax MZ-3, Sigma 70-300 DLMacro, 35mm negative
Exposure: 1/90 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-05-13 7:07
Viewed: 9165
Points: 4
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Sand Gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa marica)
HABITAT: deserts and sub-desert steppes
DIET: grasses and shrubs
Status: endangered

The sand gazelles are quite small, lightly coloured antelope. Their backs and flanks are light beige and bellies are white. The colouring is obviously an adaptation to their habitat; deserts. They weigh up to 22 kg.
Both sexes are horned. Males' horns grow 25 to 30 cm long and females' are tend to be shorter and thinner. The horns arise close together and curve in at the tips.
The sand gazelles are the only antelope to give birth to twins regularly. Gestation period is just less than 6 months. The young spend the first days in shallow scrapes, or under a small bush, until strong enough to move with the adults.

I took this photo on Sir Bani Yas island.
There was a fence between these cute baby gazelles and me plus I was on a bus, so there was no way I could avoid the ugly wire of the fence. Unfortunately, you can see the crosses of wire on the background.

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Superbe photo Yukiko !
Attention de la gazelle très bien captée.

Fantastic shot of this beautiful and rare animal. I like its face ! Ori

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