All antelopes have long and slender legs, and at the tip of their tail, they have a bunch of hair.
Many representatives of this family of animals, like deer, have tearful canals under their eyes. As for the antelope growth, they can be 20-23 cm – dwarf species, and 1.6-2 m high. Basically, it is a peaceful, public, frightened animal, and at the same time extremely fast.
The maximum running speed of antelopes is up to 100 km/h (Pronghorn), and Wildebeest up to 80 km/h.
The fastest antelope is the Pronghorn. It is capable of speeds up to 100 km/h. Its main enemy is the cheetah, which is the fastest animal on the planet. It runs at a speed of 120 km / h, although for a long time he can not maintain such a run. That is why the antelope always has a chance to escape from the cheetah because it runs fast for quite long. Also, the Pronghorn antelope can jump and turn sharply to the side while running, which is not typical for predators.
And the Wildebeest and Thompson’s gazelles tend to develop high speed. Thus, they accelerate up to 80 km/h, so that they can run away even from a lion. It should be noted that all kinds of antelopes are extremely fast. Even the speed of Common eland reaches 40-45 km/h.
There is one legend, according to which the first antelope was six-legged, and no hunter could catch up with it. And only the divine hunter Tungpoi was able to do it. The modern antelope has only 4 legs, but this does not prevent it from being one of the fastest animals on the planet. As you know, this animal is constantly fighting for its life. Antelope is a favorite treat for a lion, cheetah. Even a man is hunting for it. That’s why it had to develop different defense strategies, mostly dictated by morphology. The individuals living in large herds, such as the African buffalo and antelope bent, count on a large number of brethren. Feeling the danger, antelopes protect their cubs, forming a circle around them and spinning so that the predator can not reach them.
Some antelopes have a certain color, capable of masking them against the background of the surrounding nature. And small antelopes tend to run away from the predator in a dense bush, where the predator can not enter. There are varieties of antelopes that prefer open steppes and savannahs as their habitat. They are famous for their avid runners. They are also agile and develop high speed. They have good endurance.