Monday, June 14, 2010

Photo of the Week: Dik-Dik (Kenya, Africa)


This rather timid antelope is the unfortunately titled dik-dik due to its group warning noise of nearby predators. And sadly for the dik-dik with its short stature (at a little over half a metre), nearly every carnivore in the African jungle from lions and leopards to birds of prey and large lizards see it as a potential meal. One interesting protection is that the dik-dik doesn't drink water and hence can avoid risky visits to waterholes.

9 comments:

cruises said...

Beautiful image. Tips are good and we follow them. Never break through the rules.

Arlene said...

Stunning photo. Wish it wasn't such a target. No water?

Heather Dugan (Footsteps) said...

It gets enough moisture from foliage, Mark? What a sweet little face. Hope they can run fast!

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Mark H said...

@cruises: Thank you

@arlene: It gets its water from the grasses that it eats. It is part of nature that this little guy is part of the food chain.

@heather: Yes, the dik-dik gets its water from the foliage. I think they are fairly mobile and also adept at hiding.

@pilgrimage vacations: Thank you.

Anil said...

Very cute, these little ones have a rough life indeed. Not easy when you're on *everyone's* menu!

Tanzania Safari | Safari in Tanzania said...

I love the Dikdik.. I do not believe what they say that The Dikdiks eye is bigger than its brain,. Is it true guys? Can anyone confirm this?

Mark H said...

@anil: They seem to hide well but they are on pretty much everyone's menu.

Mark H said...

@tanzania safari: I've never heard that but it sounds possible. Does anyone know if the dik-dik's brain is smaller than its eye.

 
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