All rights reserved. Horns evolved independently in many animals to meet similar needs—first as weapons, and then as defenses against rivals, says Don Moore , director of the Oregon Zoo in Portland. Horns likely initially inflicted body blows, but became larger and more elaborate as they absorbed blows to the head. This strategy led some animals, like pronghorns, to essentially wrestle watch a video , whereas others, like sheep, ram their opponents.
When frightened, they run in a zig-zag pattern at speeds up to 26mph and whistle through their noses, producing a sound similar to "dik-dik. Incidentally, the dik-dik's scientific name, Madoqua kirkii , is much less fun to say. Their biggest hit is a Italian cover of "California Dreamin'. Fully grown, they reach 12 to 16 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 7 to 15 pounds. Alas, they probably can't fetch. Most of them are the usual suspects: leopards, cheetahs, jackals, as well as monitor lizards.
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Kirk's dik-dik Madoqua kirkii is a small antelope native to Eastern Africa and one of four species of dik-dik antelope. The dik-dik's name is derived from its call. Dik-diks are some of the world's smallest antelopes, with the largest, the Kirk's dik-dik, standing between 14 and 18 inches tall and weighing no more than 7. Kirk's dik-diks are highly adapted to surviving in the arid regions of eastern Africa.