A Deer or a Bull?

Nilgai antelope or Blue bull belongs to deer's family. It is world's largest deer found in Central, North India, East Pakistan and some parts of southern Nepal. In some countries, it is quite raring. Plans to re-introduce it to their former areas are in progress. However, In India their numbers have exceeded one lac. I hope one day this animal will be commonplace all over the world.

They look like a cow. Their waist is bent from the back. Their sensation of seeing, hearing and feeling is very sharp that is why their hunters have to work hard.

Adult nilgai have a height of 4 feet (1.22 m) to 5 feet (1.52 m) and length is 6 feet (1.83 m) to 6.6 feet (2.01 m), and the weight is usually 180-240 kg. The gestation period is 8 months, and newborn baby weighs between 15 and 13 kg. Usually the female gives birth to two babies who be an adult in 18 months to 2 years. Their average lifespan is 21 years.

Male legs are long and they have a strong body. They have two 8.5 inches (21.59 cm) to 10 inches (25.4 cm) conical horns in their long head, which are upwards and there is a tubular type hair paint or beard in the middle of the below neck.

Female nilgai have brown colored. As the male approached puberty, he gradually turns into dark blue. They have white spots on their faces and white markings on the edges of the lips. The lower part of their body is white, and there is also a white strip on bottom of throat. It's a vegetarian wild. Their diet includes grass, leaves, and fruit.

Females and young males live in the herd of about fifteen animals in the forest while adult males are often lived lonely. They like to live in dry areas. Leopards and lions are their wild predators.

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