Pronghorns are some of the most interesting mammals in North America. It is the fastest animal on this continent, capable of running approximately 90 km/h. These animals are not true antelopes, their horns are made of a hairy substance, beside the very inner core which is made of bone. Pronghorns have the longest land migration in United States. Pronghorns are not as fast as cheetahs, maintaining a high speed for a longer period of time than cheetahs. In case that cheetah ran out of energy, the pronghorn is continuing to run. They're true marathon runners and worth our admiration.
This animal is always in activity and can run at any moments on most any terrain. Thanks to their long range vision, the pranghorns can see enemies from a long distance and can react immediately. These antelopes are sociable and live in groups. During the winter time big herds will be formed and then break into smaller herds during the summer period. The groups are formed by few males, with females and young antelopes. These single groups will roam over a distance of a few miles looking for moss, shoots, grass and food. Sometimes the old males from those large groups will go out alone and perhaps in pairs and will stay away from the smaller formed groups, during the winter and spring period. Pronghorns use to stay in short grass as the inability to run is hindered by tall grass and in case of danger, they can run easily. The female prefers to leave the herd after breeding. It will take like 240 days until the female will give birth. Firstly it can be just one baby, but later she will have twins and sometimes triplets. The baby antelopes have pearl-grey color when they are born and turn to brown in a few months. Due to the color of the fur they are able to blend in with the area for safety and protection from predators. The female takes total care of the young during this period, nurses them and hunts for food. The baby antelopes are able to run very fast within four days.
Short description of the Pronghorns
Pronghorns are ungulates and have the body shape of a featuring long legs, short tail and a long snout. Their fur has a reddish-brown color, but it can also be tan or darker brown. Pronghorns have white markings on the face, neck, stomach and rump. The markings on the neck are white stripes. The rump has extra long white hairs that the pronghorn can stick up when scared. This serves as as signal to other pronghorns and means that danger is close.
The most noticeable characteristic of pronghorns is also the source of their common name. These animals also have a unique shape, because unlike other ungulates, a pronghorn’s horns point backwards. The horns extend straight up and then curve towards the rump. At the front of the horn is a beautiful small prong that points forward.
Pronghorns have large eyes and fantastic vision. Pronghorns are about four and a half feet long, three feet tall and weigh in general between 90-150 pounds depending on the sex, as the females weigh less. Pronghorns are herbivores and they eat grasses, forbs, sagebrush and other prairie plants. These mammals are amazing animals, aprecciated not just for their high speed but also for their beauty and uniqueness. When they run is just amazing to stay and admire this spectacle, to see how they defend themselves of enemies. Pronghorns are unique animals, being seen only in North America. These lovely antelopes have a high rate of survival, because they can run so fast by outrunning their enemies in so many cases.
By Eugenia Cvasov
The Fastest Animals in the World .
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