Thursday, April 5, 2012

One Handsome Dude

This fine-looking pronghorn buck regularly visits Hubby and his colleagues at “the office” (see previous post). A curious and playful fellow, he amuses his human friends by racing their vehicles—showing off, no doubt, since he and his kind can run up to 53 mph!

Although pronghorns are frequently called antelopes, scientists say they aren’t antelope at all and are actually the only surviving members of the Antilocapridae family. Wyoming’s pronghorn population is estimated at roughly half a million, which means that we have about the same amount of pronghorns as people. Besides being the second-fastest land mammal in the world, pronghorns are known for their unique horns that are made of hair, their hollow hair, and their strong, musky smell. Pronghorn meat has a bad reputation, due in part to their diet of sagebrush and other pungent foods, but I know for a fact that pronghorns that feed on alfalfa and sugar beets taste quite delectable!

But if you’re a pronghorn hunter, don’t bother asking me or Hubby where this buck can be found!

O Lord, how many and varied are Your works! In wisdom have You made them all; the earth is full of Your riches and Your creatures.” PSALM 104:24

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