7 adorable facts about dik-diks, the cutest tiny antelopes
These animals are notable not only for their tiny size, but also for being smart and social creatures that can survive in quite extreme conditions. Let's learn more about lovely dik-diks.
#1 A fully grown dik-dik is 12-16 inches (30-40 cm) tall and weighs up to 14 pounds (6 kg)
#2 Their name comes from an onomatopoeia of the repetitive "dik-dik" whistle through their long, tubular snouts when they are in danger. This sound alerts other animals of danger too.
#3 The biggest threat to dik-diks are humans – some people hunt them for their skin to make gloves.
#4 Dik-diks mate for life and live in couples.
#5 Male dik-diks have small black horns (3 in or 7.6 cm)
#6 The black spots in the corner of their eyes are preorbital glands – they produce special secretion dik-diks use to mark their territory.
#7 Dik-diks successfully survive in highly arid regions, as they lose very little water from their system while exhaling thanks to their hairy proboscis. They are also excellent at controlling their body temperature and metabolic rate.
Was this information new for you? Would you like to see these animals with your own eyes? Or have you already seen them?
Tell us in the comments!
SHARE this article with everyone who loves ANIMALS
Do you know how to tell a llama from an alpaca, a frog from a toad, a hawk from a falcon? In fact, the differences between these similar species are surprisingly obvious – let's find out what they are.
Have you ever heard of Russian domesticated foxes from Novosibirsk? They are bred to be kept as pet foxes. If you are intrigued, read on!
If you are an introvert, it doesn’t mean that you should avoid traveling. There are plenty of places where you can spend time alone and enjoy it. To avoid vacation overwhelm, check out these recommended introvert travel destinations.
Sometimes it is enough to see several great photos to make a new bucket list. You'll surely like the uniqueness and serenity of the naetural wonders you'll see below.
To take part in this contest, photographers from 37 countries of the world took mesmerizing pictures of their local natural heritage. Let's see these amazing photographs of unique nature's moments.