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West Caucasian tur kid and father

These mountain goats aren’t really a sterling example of our human concept of fatherhood. The males and females self-segregate into herds, only mixing during mating season. The males may stick around for a couple of months after mating season, but don’t take part in the rearing. But this father-and-kid duo live in a zoo where they’re more likely to mingle, and provide cute photo opportunities like this one. If this pair reminds you of a dad who took part in your life, let him know you appreciate it today.

The West Caucasian tur is a mountain-dwelling goat-antelope found only in the western half of the Caucasus Mountains range. West Caucasian turs stand up to 1 m tall at the shoulder and weigh around 65 kg. They have large but narrow bodies and short legs. West Caucasian turs have a chestnut coat with a yellow underbelly and darker legs. Their horns are scimitar-shaped and heavily ridged. In males, these horns are around 70 cm, while in females they are much smaller.
Scientific name: Capra caucasica
Biological classification: Species
Belongs to: Capra