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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

I'm feeling a bit up and down today: Wonky waterbuck stands out from the crowd with his lop-sided horns


One of a kind: This waterbuck's unusual appearance made him look like he had been fitted with an extraordinary head set

Look who's bucking the trend.

An unusual twist in this waterbuck's horn made him look like he had been fitted with an extraordinary head set.

Unlike his pals, who had two straight horns, this chap had one which had grown in a bizarre curl.

The animal's lop-sided appearance made him stick out like a sore thumb.

Amateur photographer Ingrid Bunse snapped this photograph while on safari in the Ongava Wilderness Reserve, Namibia.

The 49-year-old, from Cologne, Germany, has been visiting Africa for several years but admitted she had never seen a sight like it before.

She said: 'When I spotted this animal I knew I had to get a picture because it was so unusual - I've never seen anything like it.

Safari: The unusual specimen was spotted by a keen-eyed German tourist on holiday in Namibia

'I don't know what caused the horn to curl like this but it didn't seem to be too bothered by it.'

Waterbuck are a large species of antelope found across the savannah of sub-Saharan Africa.

The solitary males can grow up to 54in at the shoulder and a weight of 660lb. In their prime, they can command a territory of around 300 acres.

The long spiral structured horns, found only in males, usually sweep back and up.
Despite their name, they do not spend much time in the water, except to take refuge from predators.

Mrs Bunse, who works in a publishing house, added: 'I think it is something special and rare.

'Everybody can do the perfect lion shot if the animal is close and posing but this waterbuck is special, something I will probably only see once in a lifetime.'

source: dailymail


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