Friday, April 9, 2010

The Dik-Dik: Cute Little Antelopes With Weird Noses

"THIS JUST IN: A Dik-Dik schnozzle"
Meg, via Cute Overload (April 8, 2010)

"Dik-Diks are African mini hoofers who run around the plains delighting everyone who sees them. I hadn’t noticed before, but they also have spectacular little Tapir-like schnozzles! Check it!..."

I checked - and the Dik-Dik antelope is tiny: adults weigh around 12 pounds and stand roughly 14 inches at the shoulder.

That's not a defect in the photo: their noses really look like that.

And, in my considered opinion, Dik-Diks are cute.


Honolulu Zoo

"Gunther's Dik-Diks are graceful dwarf antelopes about the size of a fox terrier. At maturity they weigh up to 12 pounds and are 14 inches tall at the shoulder. The smallest antelope is the Royal antelope weighing between 3.5 to 5.5 pounds, with a body length of 18 to 21 1/2 inches and 10 inches tall. Gunther's Dik-Diks are very small animals, have almost no tail and a small tuft of hair on the head. Kirk's Dik-dik are reddish-brown with paler flanks and a white belly...."

And, they're cute. Really, really cute.

Finally, a video:

"Dik-Dik at Cameron Park Zoo"
csfbelfaire, YouTube (August 24, 2008)

"Visiting the dik-diks (world's smallest antelope) at Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, TX."

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