Saturday, November 12, 2011

Saturday encore ~ Honk your horn if you love wild animals

Enough about the porcupines. Let's switch the programming to something more pleasant – 
like the pronghorns who occasionally populate my pasture, which I pictured in this post from November 2010.


Me: So, Snapper, what do you think of our new sculpture?

Snapper: I suppose it's ok if you're into that sort of thing.

And I'm definitely into that sort of thing, where thing equals found object. Our new sculpture is actually a Pronghorn horn. 
I found it right in the middle of the path as Smooch and I walked around the fenceline.

Buck photo courtesy of Arizona Game and Fish

Here are some fun facts about the Pronghorn that roam the range around the 7MSN:
•  The Pronghorn is the only animal in the world with branched horns (not antlers) and the only animal to shed its horns, as if they were antlers. The horn is a hollow sheath over a bony core that rises from the skull just above the eye. A buck's horns are up to 15 inches long. Each has a distinctive prong on the front, which gives the species its name.
• Pronghorn are found only on the plains and grasslands of North America.
• The Pronghorn is the fastest land mammal in the world.  It can sprint as fast as 60 mph and can sustain a speed of 30 mph for miles.
• A Pronghorn herd travels as one, not leaving a single animal open to attack. The herd runs in perfect unison in a very tight, oval-shaped formation, much like a flock of birds.
• Pronghorn cannot leap fences, as deer can, so they crawl under fences instead.

Can I just say that my heart skips a beat every time I see a Pronghorn? I'll stop whatever it is I'm doing and just watch (and take pictures, if I'm lucky enough to be wearing my camera). It's a privilege to see something so wild and beautiful, and I will never tire of it.

Smooch: No way, no how am I posing with that thing on my head.

Clearly, Smooch and I do not have the same taste when it comes to art. We found this horn several weeks ago, and I've been meaning to show it to you. I had forgotten all about it until yesterday afternoon, when I looked out the living room window and noticed George and Alan chasing something across the pasture.


  1. Smooch's expressions are priceless!

  2. Very interesting.... thanks for the info. Like you, I love to drag home all kinds of artifacts. Last picture is an 'especially' Good One....

  3. That was very interesting, thankyou!!
    My computer screen is now nice and clean because I had to clean it off after I spit coffee on it seeing smoochies reaction to your new art aquisition ;-)

  4. I didn't know all that cool stuff about Pronghorn! I love Snapper's colors! Smooch's face definitely brightened my morning!

  5. Estella from Co.11/12/11, 6:55 AM

    WOW, you have quite the herd down there. We are lucky to have a dozen in any given herd around here. Very interesting facts, thank you for sharing. Hugs to the kids

  6. that is one of my favorite shots of Smooch :)

    how breathtaking it must be to see them running in such unison like that...

  7. Wow that was quite the stampede. I wonder if George and Alan thought they might have some new pals staying the night. Amazing. I'm glad you grabbed your camera.
    Best always, Sandra

  8. First guffaw of the day: Smooch's face, priceless. Kinda like my cold weather challenged dog's face when she had to go out in 30-something degree weather. Not a happy canine. Thanks for the delightful info today.

  9. I'm imagining Smooch as Max, the dog from How the Grinch Stole Christmas--the look is exactly the same!
    ha ha ha!

  10. They run faster than a cheetah, huh?

  11. I was reading an old National Geographic yesterday and they showed a photo of a pronghorn wriggling under a fence. Beautiful animals.
    Oh Smooch-what a ham!

  12. I had learned a few weeks ago that Pronghorns aren't true antelopes. We have several 'Antelope' named geographic objects in our part of the Texas panhandle.

  13. Wow! That is quite a large herd. The donkeys look so calm.