Saturday, February 27, 2010

Pronghorn

The Pronghorn, Antilocapra americana, the only living member of the family Antilocapridae, in the mammalia order Artiodactyla, is often called pronghorn Antelope, altough it is not a true antelope. It has pronged, or branching, hollow horns with a pernent bony core, covered with an outer sheath that is shed annually after the breeding season. The pronghorn is 1 1/2 m (5 ft) long and may weigh 60 Kg (135 lb).

One of the fastest of New World mammals, it can run up to 72 km/h (45 mph). Pronghorn live on grasslands and deserts from northern Mexico to southwestern Canada.


The pronghorn, a mammal related deer and antelope, once lived in vast number on the North American plains. Like the bison, the pronghorn was greatly overhunted in the 19th century. Fleet footed pronghorns are among the spreaded animals in the North America. They can run at more than 53 miles (86 km) per hours, leaving pursuing coyotes and bobcats in the dust.

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