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The sable antelope (Hippotragus niger) is a dapper beast.  Their coats range from light brown to black, depending on the subspecies, and the calves tend to be lighter colored than the adults.  A sable’s coat darkens with age.

Both the males and the females have horns, but the female’s horn are shorter and straighter than the male’s.  The male’s horns elegantly arch backwards and spread apart as they grow away from the head.  I’ll post a profile view in a day or two so you can see how pretty they are from the side.

Their horns make good weapons, especially those of the big bulls.  Most lions won’t attack a full-grown sable, but they’ll go after the hornless calves.

I don’t think I’d tangle with an animal with spears attached to his head either!


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